Syria Warns It May Strike Lebanon

Assad's regime says rebels are crossing back and forth over border

By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 15, 2013 10:38 AM CDT

(Newser) – With Syrian militants crossing back and forth across the northern Lebanon border, the Syrian foreign ministry has told Lebanon to put a stop to it or else face military strikes, reports Reuters via the Christian Science Monitor. "Syrian forces have so far exercised restraint from striking at armed gangs inside Lebanese territory," says the Syrian diplomatic cable, adding that "patience is not unlimited." The Syrian war has driven about a million Syrians seeking shelter into Lebanon, a country of 4 million people.

Meanwhile, the New York Times takes a look at the "bitterly personal war" in Syria, as lightly armed rebels and the Syrian military fight for control of a four-lane "death highway" connecting Hama and Aleppo. Opposition militants have taken control over much of northern Syria and are trying to choke out government forces, clustered mostly in military bases in cities—but the process is brutally slow. "They believe in their fates, and that everything comes from God," says one opposition commander.

A Syrian fuel tanker which was set on fire late Thursday by anti-Syrian regime protesters, lies in ruins in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon, earlier today.   (AP Photo)
In this Tuesday Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Free Syrian Army fighters patrol at the Aleppo-Damascus highway which is controlled by the rebels to cut supply for the Syrian army forces.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)
In this file photo, Free Syrian Army rebels take up positions along an embankment outside of Maraat al-Numan, Syria, on the highway between Aleppo and Hama.   (AP Photo/Mustafa Karali)
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