Al-Qaeda-linked rebels now control most of Syrian side of Golan truce line

Al-Qaeda-linked rebels now control most of Syrian side of Golan truce line

[Ed. – Because we don’t have enough destabilizing situations in the Middle East.]

Rebels including Al-Qaeda loyalists have seized most of the Syrian side of the armistice line with Israel on the Golan Heights, a monitoring group said on Saturday.

Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front and its allies launched a major offensive against government forces in Quneitra province last month, capturing the sole crossing point over the armistice line to the Israeli-occupied sector of the strategic plateau.

“The regime is on the retreat before the advancing rebels,” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

“The regime has now lost control of about 80 percent of towns and villages in Quneitra province.”

The rebels seized 45 UN peacekeepers on the Golan on August 28 and held them hostage until Thursday. …

The regime has lost control of much of the east to jihadists of the Islamic State group, including all of Raqa province and much of Deir Ezzor. …

The Assad regime has stepped up its air campaign against IS in the east in recent weeks, but the near-daily strikes have exacted a heavy toll among civilians in militant-controlled towns.

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