Syrian rebels in standoff with UN peacekeepers

August 30, 2014 6:15 AM

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BAGHDAD — Another contingent of UN peacekeepers was caught in a standoff with Syrian rebels Friday, a day after an armed group captured 43 peacekeepers in the area near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The confrontation involved 75 Filipino soldiers serving in the UN mission along the demarcation line between Syria and the Golan Heights. The trouble started after rebels, including the Syrian branch of Al Qaeda, seized control of the only border crossing in the area from the Syrian Army on Wednesda...

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