Syria Kurds take Iraq border post from jihadists, says NGO

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Kurdish militants seized a crossing on the eastern border with Iraq early Saturday following three days of clashes with jihadists belonging to an al-Qaeda affiliated group.

The Kurdish fighters “took control of the Al-Yaarubia border crossing with Iraq at dawn after clashes with the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, the Al-Nusra Front and other rebels,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Free Syrian Army however denied that Kurds have seized the border post, according to Al Arabiya television.

Ethnic Kurds in Syria have a complex role in nearly three years of conflict that started when President Bashar al-Assad cracked down on a pro-democracy uprising.

(with AFP and Reuters)

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