Syrian rebels take over Iraqi border crossing
Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front already controlled the Syrian side of the Al Qaim border crossing (File Archive)
Syrian rebels took control of an Iraqi-Syria border crossing Tuesday, according to Agence France Presse.
Police and army officers said that gunmen from the Free Syrian Army and the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front took control of the Iraqi side of the Al Qaim border crossing after security forces withdrew.
Al Nusra had already controlled the Syrian side of the crossing.
There are three official Iraqi-Syria border crossings. The northern Rabja one is now in control of Kurdish fighters after the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) launched an offensive at the crossing last week that forced Iraqi forces from their posts. The status of the third crossing at Al Walid is "not immediately known," according to the AFP report.