Two bombings in Syria killed at least 39 people Thursday, while Al-Qaeda-linked fighters tighten their grip on a border town near Turkey after killing and expelling fighters from the main opposition armed group, according to Al-Jazeera. Activists said 20 people were killed in a car bombing of a government building in the town of Zamalka, near the capital Damascus, and a roadside bomb struck a bus in a village in the central Homs province, killing 19 people, according to a local government official. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) put the death toll in the blast at 14.
An activist group said on Thursday that the town near the Turkish border changed hands after heavy clashes between the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and the Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters who controlled the area. Turkey temporarily shut its border post after the gun battles.