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Wed Aug 8, 2012 2:51PM
A member of the terrorist Free Syrian Army with a missile launcher (File Photo)

A member of the terrorist Free Syrian Army with a missile launcher (File Photo)

Turkish military has provided insurgents fighting against the Syrian government with surface-to-air missiles during a brief incursion into the Syrian soil. More than 100 Turkish troops backed with armored vehicles and helicopters entered the Syrian border town of Cerablos in the Kurdish region of Kobani on Tuesday. The contingent of Turkish soldiers, who were armed with thermal rockets and sophisticated weaponry, reportedly left for their bases after an hour. A spokesman for the Kurdish militias in the border towns of Kobani and Efrin accused the Turkish forces of supplying arms and ammunition to insurgents fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. The NBC News also reported on July 31 that nearly two dozen MANPADs (man-portable air-defense systems) have been delivered to the insurgents in Syria by Turkey. Meanwhile, some reports suggest that anti-government insurgents operating in Aleppo may have been provided with chemical weapons. The Syrian army launched a mop-up operation against insurgents in the flashpoint city of Aleppo on Wednesday and so far has managed to retake full control of insurgents' stronghold of Salahuddin. A large number of insurgents were killed, injured and arrested in the military operation in Salahuddin. Fighting, however, continues between the Syrian army and the insurgents in several other areas of Aleppo, including the northern neighborhood of Ashrafyiah, the southern district of Sokkari and the central area of Seif al-Dowla. Foreign-backed armed groups have been conducting terrorist attacks in Aleppo since July 20 after they were defeated in the capital, Damascus, and were forced to flee. Syria has been the scene of deadly unrest since mid-March, 2011 and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed in the violence. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on August 1 that the country is engaged in a ''crucial and heroic'' battle that will determine the destiny of the nation. The anti-Syria Western regimes have been calling for President Assad to step down. HM/JR
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