Syrian opposition fighters praying in the border town of Ras al-Ain as a Turkish soldier (front) takes position
A picture taken from the Turkish border town of Ceylanpinar shows Syrian opposition fighters praying in the strategic border town of Ras al-Ain as a Turkish soldier (front) takes position on November 14, 2012. Rebel fighters killed at least 18 soldiers in Ras al-Ain as they overran a military post near Syria's border with Turkey on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. © Bulent Kilic - AFP
Syrian opposition fighters praying in the border town of Ras al-Ain as a Turkish soldier (front) takes position
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Last updated: November 14, 2012

Syrian rebels kill 18 soldiers and seize post in northeast

Rebel fighters killed at least 18 soldiers as they overran a military post near Syria's northeastern border with Turkey on Wednesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

The clashes -- which also left an unknown number of soldiers wounded -- took place near Ras al-Ain, a border town that the opposition fighters seized on Friday, said the Britain-based watchdog.

It also said that some soldiers managed to flee the area, located in the province of Hasakeh.

Three rebels were killed and more than 10 wounded, said the watchdog, which relies on a network of activists, lawyers and medics in civilian and military hospitals.

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