Sept. 20 - Rebel forces clash with President Bashar al-Assad's forces on the slopes of a mountain near a critical supply road. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) New video shows rebels from the Free Syrian Army firing on positions said to be held by President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Areeha in Idlib. The town, which lies on the slopes of Zawya mountain, is on the main road between the government-controlled coastal city of Latakia and the northern cities of Idlib and Aleppo where rebels and government forces have long been battling for control. In the video, which was obtained by Reuters , Free Syrian Army soldiers fire at buildings with rifles and a tank. Rebel forces said they were gaining ground in the area, and that they have raided several Assad government bases in the town. Battles continued to rage around Syria while key powers forged a deal that aims to eliminate Syrian chemical weapons. Various rebel forces have been fighting government units in a civil war which has claimed 100,000 lives since 2011. Rebel forces control large areas of the country while better-armed forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad retain Damascus and key army bases. The use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21 brought Washington close to ordering a strike against Assad, whom the West blames for the attack that the United Nations says killed 1,429 people. On Saturday, however, Russia and the United States agreed a deal to eliminate Syria's chemical weapons arsenal, averting a strike. The plan must now go the U.N. Security Council and win Syria's full compliance.