The Iraqi army is said to be shelling Free Syrian Army (FSA) positions inside Syria near the border with Iraq.
After helping Syrian government forces regain control of the Iraq-Syria al-Ya’robia border crossing from Syrian rebel forces overnight, Iraqi artillery is at this writing pounding FSA forces in al-Hasakah governorate in the far northeastern corner of Syria.
Hasan Sari, a respected Jordanian commentator on Middle East affairs, global activist, filmmaker and founder of CIFF, reports on his Twitter account, “Hasakah in Syria is under heavy Iraqi artillery shelling now. [Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri] al-Maliki is waging war on FSA.”
Maliki and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah – both Shiites and unabashed surrogates of Shiite Iran – openly warned this week of regional sectarian conflict if Syria’s quasi-Shiite President Bashar al-Assad is ousted (see my earlier post, “Iran proxies growl: Hands off Assad.”)