Rebels have attacked Syrian Iraqi forces along the border with Iraq, killing 30 soldiers and seizing control of two major border posts, a senior Iraqi army official said
Amateur video posted online also showed rebels taking over the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey, where they tore up portraits of Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
The Free Syrian Army is also saying that all border points between Iraq and Syria are under their control now.
Iraqi Army Brig General Qassim said: "We have security concerns because the border crossing now is in the Syrian rebels's control, and nobody can anticipate what will happen."
Mr Qassim said about 22 rebels earlier stormed the Iraqi border crossing to Al-Qaim, Al-Anbar west of Baghdad.
Hours later, Mr Qassim said rebels attacked a Syrian army outpost in the remote Sinjar mountain range, near the Iraqi border, and killed 30 soldiers and their commander.
Although rebels have already been smuggling weapons across the porous borders with Turkey and Iraq, which stretch for hundreds of miles, seizing the crossing points is a boon for the opposition fighters, allowing them to ferry in more weapons, vehicles and supplies without having to traverse difficult terrain.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rebels seized control of the post on the border with Turkey.
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