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Iraq firing on Syria rebels, station reports

Iraq’s army opened fired on Syrian rebels in the Yaarubiyeh border post on the Syrian side of both countries’ border overnight Friday, Al-Arabiya television reported.

 

“Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency,” the station cited eyewitnesses on Twitter as saying.

 

On Saturday afternoon the pan-Arab satellite channel also reported that five people were killed by Iraqi shells near a Syrian-Iraqi border crossing.

 

Meanwhile, an Al-Arabiya correspondent added that, “targets inside Syria had been shelled while Iraqi snipers took positions near the crossing.”

 

“Massive reinforcements have also been deployed… near the Syrian border.”

 

The reports comes amid news that the Syrian regime had recaptured checkpoint from jihadist Al-Nusra front rebels, who had seized it the day before.

 

Also on Friday, Reuters reported that a Scud missile landed in Iraq’s Ninevah province without causing any casualties or significant damage.

 

Iraq’s under-fire Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has supported the Bashar al-Assad regime.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Iraq was helping Syrian government forces regain control of a border checkpoint seized by the insurgency.