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President Obama has said he was "encouraged to see the Syrian opposition created an umbrella group" but has warned he was not prepared to recognise the group as a "government in exile."

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Rebels return fire as Syrian jets bomb border town

Syrian rebels fired machineguns mounted on the back of pick-up trucks into the air as jets flown by forces loyal to President Assad resumed bombing raids on the border town of Ras al-Ain.

The planes dropped three bombs, a Reuters witness said, before returning for a second strike on another part of the town, which is metres from Turkey.

The second day of bombings caused residents on the Turkish side to scurry for cover.


Syrian jets 'resume bombing' of rebel-held border town

Syrian fighter jets flown by forces loyal to President Assad have this morning reportedly resumed bombing of the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain on the edge of the Turkish border.

The attack, seen by a Reuters witness, sent thick plumes of smoke into the air for the second day.

Yesterday's attack saw scores of Syrians flee over the border, days after rebels gained control of the town.

Activists: At least 12 killed in Syrian air attack

At least a dozen people died in today's air strikes by Syrian warplanes along the Turkish frontier, according to opposition activists.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll from the bombing of the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain at 12, including seven Islamist militant fighters.

Syrian grassroots opposition group, the Local Coordination Committees, said 16 people had died.

NATO chief pledges to defend Turkey over Syria

NATO will defend alliance member Turkey, which struck back after mortar rounds fired from Syria landed inside its border, the alliance's Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has said.

NATO as an organisation will do what it takes to protect and defend Turkey, our ally. We have more plans in place to make sure that we can protect and defend Turkey and hopefully that way also deter so that attacks on Turkey will not take place.

– NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Speaking at a meeting in Prague, he also welcomed a weekend agreement by Syrian opposition groups to put aside differences and form a new coalition.

Syrians flee for Turkish border after 'plane attack'

Scores of Syrian civilians have fled into Turkey after a reported plane attack at the border. Credit: APTN
The rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain was attacked this morning, Reuters reported. Credit: APTN
A giant plume of smoke rose after a Syrian jet, supported by helicopters, reportedly bombed the area. Credit: APTN
The injured were taken to hospitals, though details on casualties remained unknown. Credit: APTN


Water cannons curb Turkish interest in border bombing

Turkish police fired tear gas and water cannon to keep people on the Turkish side away from the border fence while a Syrian warplane - supported by helicopters - attacked just over the border.

In neighbouring Ceylanpinar, anxious residents crowded outside a teahouse to watch the bombing.

One unnamed Turk said:

I thought the Turkish government said it wouldn't allow these helicopters to come so close to the border. Look, they're coming inside our border.

No word on casualties after Syrian warplane attack

There remains no word on casualties after a Syrian warplane bombed the rebel-held town of Ras al-Ain, barely metres from the Turkish border.

The attack sent scores of Syrian civilians rushing for safety in the neighbouring country.

Helicopters also strafed targets near the town, which fell to rebels on Thursday.

A Reuters reporter in Ceylanpinar - the Turkish settlement that borders Ras al-Ain - said the warplane flew right along the border and appeared at one point to have entered Turkish airspace.

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