Iraqi army helped Syrian government retake border checkpoint
Russia Today, Mar 2 2013
The Iraqi army has reportedly shelled FSA positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq. Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency. Syrian troops recaptured the al-Ya’robiya checkpoint on the border with Iraq on Friday night. According to witness reports on Twitter, Iraq’s armed forces moved in to help with the operation and shelled the border post, which was held by the rebels. An al-Arabiya correspondent tweeted that targets inside Syria had been shelled while Iraqi snipers took positions near the crossing. Massive reinforcements have also been deployed in Baghdad near the Syrian border, he said. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced that a border checkpoint on Syria’s northeast border with Iraq had been overrun by al-Nusra on Thursday but was recaptured by government troops after less than 24 hours. Earlier on Friday, a Scud missile fired from Syria landed near a village in Iraq’s Nineveh province, causing no significant damage. Last time rockets fired from Syrian territory hit Iraq, in Sep 2012, they killed a 5-year-old girl. Iraqi PM Maliki told AP on Wednesday:
Neither the opposition nor the regime can finish each other off. If the opposition is victorious, there will be a civil war in Lebanon, divisions in Jordan and a sectarian war in Iraq.