Syrian tanks enter town near Turkey, expand east attack

August 9, 2011 11:53


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AMMAN - Syrian tanks stormed a town in a province near the Turkish border on Tuesday and expanded an offensive on a key eastern city, witnesses said, as Syrian President Bashar Assad faced pressure from Ankara to stop military attacks to crush a five month uprising against his rule.

Armored vehicles entered the town of Binnish, 15 km (9 miles) west of the main northern highway, at dawn, they said. An armored column also pushed into the center of the city of Deir al-Zor on the third day of an offensive on the provincial capital of an oil producing region bordering Iraq's Sunni heartland.

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