Thursday, 28 August 2014

Syrian rebels announce seizure of Golan Heights border crossing

'The FSA said its forces weren't looking to push Assad's troops from all of Quneitra, where one border post remains under government control. It also said opposition forces posed no threat to Israel.
"Our aim isn't Israel right now, and we in the FSA haven't targeted Israeli lands," said spokesman Kenan Mohammed, adding that the rebels' focus is on Assad and the extremist Islamic State [IS] group. "The matter of Israel - it's not for now." '
Everywhere I'd seen this reported up to now followed the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in saying it was Jabhat al-Nusra and other rebel groups that had seized the crossing. Or just Jabhat al-Nusra. Thus we see the Cockburn line that there are no moderate rebels fulfilled by writing them out of the story. And in the first line quoted, I think that should actually be that the FSA are looking to push Assad's troops from all of Quneitra. As in Salameh Kaileh's account, "the Assad regime has reached an unprecedented degree of weakness and disintegration." 

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