Syrian rebels, al Qaeda-linked militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

August 27, 2014 7:14 PM

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Syrian rebels, al Qaeda-linked militants seize Golan Heights border crossing

Majdal Shams, Golan Heights (CNN) -- Rebels aided by al Qaeda-linked militants seized control of the only border crossing between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights on Wednesday.

The capture of the Quneitra crossing by Syrian rebels, including members of the al Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, represents a new dynamic in a war long feared not only for its deadly effects inside Syria but for threatening to widen into a destabilizing regional conflict.

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