Iraqi official: Syria rebels seize border crossing
An Iraqi official says Syrian rebels have taken over a border crossing along the countries' northern frontier.
Ninevah province governor Atheel al-Nujaifi says the rebels forced out Syrian authorities from the crossing at the Iraqi town of Rabiya on Saturday afternoon.
The seizure marks the second border crossing with Iraq that rebels have seized from the Syrian government in recent days.
Meanwhile, Syrian troops are battling rebels in the city of Aleppo for a second day. City residents have been fleeing to safer areas amid some of the fiercest fighting to date.
Aleppo has been a key bastion of support for President Bashar Assad and has not seen the kind of daily bloodshed that has plagued other cities. Rebels are trying to seize momentum after a week of battles in the capital, Damascus.
Activists and opposition groups say the overnight clashes with heavy machine guns were some of the fiercest to date in the heart of Syria's northern commercial hub.
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