Syrian troops capture key rebel town despite Turkish warning
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — An observer group and news network say Syrian government troops have captured a key opposition town in Syria’s northwest. That’s despite threats Wednesday by Turkey’s president to use force if they don’t pull back by the end of the month. The reports say Syrian troops entered the town of Saraqeb after an intense day of fighting with opposition fighters, during which several Turkish observation posts were surrounded. Clashes were reported later inside the town. Turkish troops north of Saraqeb reportedly shelled Syrian troops north and west of the town. Turkey is a strong backer of some Syrian rebels.