Opposition Interim Govt to Administer Bab al-Salameh Border Crossing

Handing over of border crossing comes as Ankara declares new operation to secure a de-escalation zone in the northern province of Idleb

Syrian rebels have handed over Bab al-Salameh border crossing with Turkey to the Syrian opposition’s interim government on Tuesday, local activists said.

The strategic crossing near the town of Azaz in the northern province of Aleppo will be under the full control of the Syrian National Coalition's government, a move that comes as Turkey seeks to expel hard-line rebels from along its border in northern Syria after the collapse of the Islamic State (ISIS) group.

Earlier in September, the interim government announced the formation of a unified Syrian national army and its own Defense Ministry comprising dozens of moderate armed factions, saying the step was to build a unified Syrian national army.

This article was edited by The Syrian Observer. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.


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