Syrian troops battle rebels near Iraq border

BAGHDAD - Syrian government forces fought rebels on Wednesday for control of a military base and an airfield near the eastern town of Albu Kamal on the Iraqi border, a local Iraqi official and a Syrian rebel commander said.
"There is fierce fighting between the Free Syrian Army and Syrian border guards to control the base, where tanks and artillery were used to bombard (Albu Kamal)," Farhan Ftiakhan, mayor of the nearby Iraqi town of Qaim, told Reuters.
"Most Albu Kamal areas are in the hands of the Free Syrian Army, but the Syrian regular army is deployed and controlling the areas just outside Albu Kamal," he said by telephone.
Insurgents fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad have made gains in Albu Kamal in the past week.
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