Syria rebels say seized military base near Turkey border

AMMAN Sun Nov 18, 2012 5:19pm EST

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AMMAN (Reuters) - Syrian rebels said they captured a large special forces base on a main road between the city of Aleppo and the Turkish border on Sunday.

No independent verification of the rebels' statement was immediately available.

Video footage showed rebels inside the 18 sq km (7 square mile) facility in Orum al-Sughra among tanks and artillery they had seized. At least 18 troops loyal to President Bashar al-Assad were taken prisoner, opposition campaigners said.

A statement by the Aleppo Media Centre said at least 15 tanks were seized and that officers were among loyalist forces captured.

Mohammad Abdallah, an opposition campaigner in the north, said artillery stationed in the base has been used to bomb towns and villages in rural Aleppo and the neighboring province of Idlib.

The base is situated 25 km (18 miles) west of Aleppo, Syria's commercial and industrial hub, about half-way between the city and the Turkish border.

(Reporting by Khaled Yacoub Oweis, Amman newsroom; Editing by Alison Williams)

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Yea right… and yesterday reuters reported that rebels had seized a “military airport”!

The military airport turned out to be a 100m piece of dirt in the middle of the desert that was not even suitable for aircraft to land or take off from. There was a tin shed burning in the video and some Islamist equipment on display for the camera.

I think reuters just cuts and pastes from Islamist militant websites, I don’t think you have any intel on the ground in Syria whatsoever reuters…


Nov 18, 2012 5:52pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Here is a youtube video from July 31 – 2012 of the rebels claiming to have taken the same base from this story:

I was also looking at the “airport” the rebels took yesterday and they had claimed to have taken that same “airport” many months ago as well.

This is all just Islamist propaganda, reuters doesn’t bother investigating the claims, locations or logistics of these fanatics videos and just publishes this terrorist crap straight away…

Appalling journalism, and considering the fact that you chose not to publish a story today on the Israeli attack on journalists headquarters in Gaza, what are you???

Because you’re not journalists.

Nov 18, 2012 6:18pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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@pendingapproval “Appalling journalism, and considering the fact that you chose not to publish a story today on the Israeli attack on journalists headquarters in Gaza, what are you???”

Here’s the article you claim wasn’t published (once again):

Why do you you persist with this stupid tactic of pretending articles don’t exist? Do you think people here just take you at your word? I would suggest getting psychiatric help as your level of delusion seems to be growing by the day

Nov 19, 2012 12:14am EST  --  Report as abuse
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