— The Erimtan Angle —

On Tuesday, 27 March 2012, RT scoops the news that ‘Syrian troops crossed into Lebanese territory and clashed with opposition forces there, according to eye witness reports. Other sources say there was no actual incursion. Some 35 Syrian soldiers riding in armored personnel vehicles and armed with machine guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers took part in the clashes, says Reuters, citing local residents. The cross border attack, which left several farm buildings destroyed, was carried out on opposition fighters who are taking refuge in northern Lebanon. A conflicting report says the clashes in the Mashareaa al-Qaa area did not involve an incursion. AP cites local police officials saying that the Syrian troops remained on their side of the border, but some bullets crossed into Lebanese territory. Lebanon is located between the southern part of Syria and the Mediterranean Sea. According to the Syrian government, its poorly secured border with Lebanon has been a focal point for opposition forces smuggling weapons into the country. The city of Homs, which was at the forefront of a major confrontation between Syria’s armed opposition and government forces last month, is located just some 25 kilometers from the Lebanese border’[1]

Last month, Al Jazeera reported that tha ‘Syrian government of President Bashar Al-Assad has accused foreign fighters, including members of al-Qaeda, of smuggling weapons into the country. Even a Lebanese minister has said that members of armed groups including al-Qaeda have crossed the border into Syria illegally. But Omar Bakri, a hardline cleric who Syria claims is the leader of al-Qaeda in Lebanon, said the group was not operating in the country. Al Jazeera‘s James Bays reports from northern Lebanon’.

(17 Feb 2012)


[1] “Syrian troops battle rebels as clashes spill into Lebanon” RT (27 March 2012). http://rt.com/news/syrian-troops-lebanon-rebels-540/.

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