Syria Conflict Threatens To Spill Over Borders
September 23, 2012 • 9:47AM

The conflict inside Syria rages on as intensely as ever, despite it having dropped off the front pages in recent days, and it's threatening to spill over borders into neighboring countries. The Lebanese army said in a statement, today, that it repelled a Syrian rebel attack on a border post overnight. "For the second time in less than a week, a force from the Free Syrian Army enters the Lebanese territory in Jroud, Arsal area," the statement said. "The leadership of the army confirms that it will not allow any party to use Lebanese territory in order to implicate Lebanon in the events of neighboring countries."

Meanwhile, over in Turkey, the Turkish army moved artillery and anti-aircraft missiles near a Syrian border post in the area of Tall al-Abyad. At least five Turkish civilians in the border town of Sanliurfa by stray artillery bullets and artillery shell fragments this week.

Both of these situations underscore the danger of the war spreading outside of Syria, while at the same time, the Free Syrian Army seems intent on inviting in foreign forces. The BBC reported, today, that the FSA has posted a YouTube video claiming that it moved its headquarters inside Syrian territory. Brig. Gen. Mustafa al-Sheikh, a member of the FSA's military council, told the Associated Press that the FSA's move into Syria was made last week and "aimed to unite all rebel groups" (including the Saudi- and Qatari-funded Salafists one might ask?). The BBC comments, however, that the new headquarters, in a secret location, "will clearly be highly vulnerable to air attack by the regime — something that could increase pressure for some kind of international air cover over the 'liberated areas.'" No doubt, that is the hope.