Skip to comments.Syrian Rebels Seize Control of Turkish, Iraqi Borders
Posted on 07/19/2012 6:35:11 PM PDT by robowombat
Rebels attacked Syrian forces Thursday on two spots along the nation's porus border with Iraq, killing 21 soldiers and seizing control of one of the four major border posts, a senior Iraqi army official said.
The assaults against Syria's government unfolded throughout the day, putting the Iraqi army on high alert to prevent any violence from spilling across the border.
"We have security concerns because the border crossing now is out of the Syria government's control, and nobody can anticipate what will happen," said Iraqi Army Brig. General Qassim al-Dulaimi.
Al-Duliami said about a half-dozen rebels stormed the Syrian border crossing near the Iraqi town of Qaim on Thursday morning. He said the rebels forced the border guards from their posts but did not cross into Iraq.
Qaim is located about 320 kilometers (200 miles) west of Baghdad. Mohammed Fathi, spokesman for the governor of Iraq's western Anbar province that includes Qaim, said the border crossing had already been closed to traffic because of the civil war.
Hours later, in the remote Sinjar mountain range, al-Dulaimi said rebels attacked a Syrian army outpost near the Iraqi border, killed 20 soldiers and their commander. The rebels then seized control of the outpost, al-Duliami said.
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This is theater. It’s a lot like the way the Vietcong did the Tet offensive while simultaneously surrounding several battalions of marines at Khe Sanh. Except unlike Uncle Sam, the Syrian military doesn’t have on-call B-52’s running Arc Light strikes on their adversaries. Bottom line is that this attack will fail just like Tet. Light infantry going up against armor only works if your adversary is completely demoralized. Given that the Alawites are fighting for their lives and the lives of their families, and have armor, artillery and air assets at their disposal, it’s hard to see how the Sunni Arab guerrillas can win. Even Gaddafi’s shambolic military had almost won when NATO jumped in on the side of the rebels. In contrast, Syria’s military is a serious one that almost overran northern Israel during the Yom Kippur War in 1973, pulling back inexplicably when the last Israeli armored units that stood between them and their objective were about to be wiped out (according to Israeli accounts).
Real interesting. Al Qa’im was one of the area’s I paid a lot of attention to when I was in Iraq. I had several snitches there.
Looks like Syria is folding up fast—but what will follow? sad we are on the wrong side of this.