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The United States has suspended all non-lethal assistance into northern Syria after Islamic Front forces seized headquarters and warehouses belonging to the opposition's Supreme Military Council (SMC), a U.S. Embassy spokesman in Ankara said, according to Reuters.
Fighters from the Islamic Front, a union of six major rebel groups, took control of the Free Syrian Army (FSA) bases at the Bab al-Hawa crossing on Syria's northwestern border with Turkey late on Friday.
Turkey shut its side of the border crossing, in Hatay province, due to a reported increase in clashes on the Syrian side, customs sources told Reuters. There was no immediate confirmation from Turkish officials.
Infighting among Syrian rebels has weakened their efforts to bring down President Bashar al-Assad.
It was unclear why the Islamic Front had seized the SMC premises and it was not known if any stock had gone missing.
"As a result of this situation, the United States has suspended all further deliveries of non-lethal assistance into northern Syria," the spokesman said, adding humanitarian assistance was not impacted because it is distributed through international and non-governmental organizations.
FSA representatives could not be reached for comment and the U.S. Embassy spokesman said the situation was being investigated "to inventory the status of U.S. equipment and supplies provided to the SMC."
Meanwhile, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron warned against the idea that all of Syria's opposition is extremist and stressed the need to continue working with its moderate members.
His comments hours after U.S. Embassy official in Turkey said the United States is suspending assistance destined for the opposition in northern Syria because of rebel infighting.
According to AP, Cameron told British lawmakers on Wednesday that Britain should be "fully engaged" in all efforts to end the civil war.
He said, "We must not allow this argument to develop that the only opposition in Syria is an extremist
Syria censures PGCC for interference in conflict
In another development, the Syrian government on Wednesday slammed the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council for interfering in the country's conflict and condemned the bloc for what it called "inflammatory rhetoric", AFP reported.
The statement from the Syrian Foreign Ministry came after the PGCC had called for the withdrawal of foreign forces participating in the conflict, and said President Bashar al-Assad should have no role in Syria's future.
Israel prefers Assad to terrorists
Meanwhile, an Israeli former army chief says the Tel Aviv regime prefers Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to remain in power instead of terrorist groups fighting in Syria, according to Al-Alam.
“Israel’s preference is for Bashar al-Assad to remain in power rather than see radical extremists’ control in Syria,” Israel’s former Army Chief Of Staff Dan Halutz is quoted by the Israeli daily Maariv as saying on Wednesday.
Dan Halutz, who served as army chief of staff during the 2006 military assault on Lebanon, told a gathering in Moscow that the prospect of al-Qaeda-affiliated elements ruling Damascus in place of the Syrian government would be more problematic from Israel’s standpoint.
“We need to admit that the opposition in Syria is comprised primarily of very extremists like al-Qaeda,” the former chief said, although in reality, Israel has supported foreign-backed militants and terrorists fighting in Syria.
“The question that needs to be asked is, ‘What is good for Israel?’ It’s an important question, because we need to ask ourselves if we want to replace this bad government with a very bad regime which we don’t know. And this is something that we need to seriously consider.”
This is while, a top figure in Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs, Sima Shine, issued a statement in June, urging Israel to unconditionally back government change in Syria, no matter who replaces President Assad.
In November, Syria's army discovered Israeli-made weapons in a hideout belonged to the foreign-backed militants near the capital, Damascus.
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies are supporting the militants and Takfiri terrorists operating inside Syria.
Repors say certain Western and Arab states have been supporting the the fatal unrest in Syria to break the resistance movement in the Middle East in favor of the Israeli regime.
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