Nassib served as a major transit route for hundreds of trucks a day transporting goods between Turkey and the Gulf. REUTERS/Alaa Al-Faqir
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Syrian opposition groups are resisting Jordanian pressure to hand control of a border crossing back to the Syrian government, a step that would be a major boost for President Bashar Assad and undermine rebel groups in southwestern Syria.Rebel groups which seized control of the crossing in 2015 have so far resisted proposals for a return of Syrian government authority to Nassib, even in the form of civilian officials with no Syrian army presence.Jordan has put forward proposals by which rebels would secure the road to Nassib, 100 kilometers from the capital, while a civil administration from Damascus would run the crossing, according to Syrian opposition officials.Jordan last month succeeded in pressuring two Western-backed rebel groups operating in southeastern Syria near the Jordanian border, an order that resulted in them abandoning their territory to advancing Syrian government forces.The Syrian army and allied militias are steadily seizing more and more of the Jordanian frontier from insurgents.
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