In one of the biggest victory of the Syrian War, al-Qaeda (the al-Nusra Front) has captured the provincial capital Raqa in Northern City. This is the first major city city in Syria captured entirely by al-Qaeda or the Muslim Brotherhood (FSA). In celebrating their victory a statue of Hafez al Assad was torn down.
After days of fierce clashes, the rebels were now in “near-total control” of Raqa, “except for some regime positions, including the military security and Baath Party headquarters,” the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
The Syrian province of Raqa will be freed of regime forces in the coming two days, the director of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told NOW.
“When the city of Al-Tabaqa was freed, we said that within a few weeks the district of Raqa would be the first to be completely freed from Syrian troops, and we will see this happen within the coming 48 hours,” Abdel Rahman added.
In retaliation for the Iraqi Army’s attacks on al-Nusra positions in Syria, the Islamic terror group launched a deadly attack killing wounded Syrian soldiers being transported in Iraq.
And in Iraq, the prime minister’s spokesperson said unidentified armed men ambushed a convoy carrying Syrian soldiers who had entered via the Yaarubiyeh border crossing, the site of weekend fighting, killing 48 Syrian and nine Iraqi soldiers.
“This confirms our fears of the attempt of some to move the conflict to Iraq, but we will face these attempts by all sides with all of our power,” Ali Mussawi, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki’s spokesperson, told AFP.
The Syrian war is blessing to anti-Islamists. Nothing better than having evil factions kill each other.