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Wael Nader Al-Halqi

Syrian rebels capture areas near Golan Heights

Wael Nader Al-Halqi 38%

BEIRUT - Syrian rebels captured one village and parts of others on the edge of the Golan Heights Thursday as fighting closed in on the strategic plateau that Israel captured from Syria in 1967 and later annexed, activists and officials said.


If the rebels take over the region, it will bring radical Islamic militants to a front-line with Israeli troops and give them a potential staging ground for attack on the Jewish state. One of the rebel groups involved in the fighting, the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade, is an Islamic militant group.


One of the worst-case scenarios for Syria's 2-year-old civil war is that it could draw in neighboring countries such as Israel or Lebanon. Israel has said its policy is not to get involved in the Syrian civil war, but it has retaliated for sporadic Syrian fire that spilled into Israeli communities on the Golan Heights.


On Wednesday, Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi assured the Syrian people that the government has a strategic reserve of foreign currency.


Read more: Burleson Star (03/21/2013)

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