Syria rebels say seized military base near Turkey border

AMMAN Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:30pm 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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Well the real story today would be the Islamist abduction of 240 civillians, who either wouldn’t join the Jihad or are probably largely Allawite.

I think when reuters refers to “military officers” capture they are referring to this warehouse full of civillian looking people under armed guard by the Islamists. And yes they have posted a video of their captives online today!

The lesser story would be the supposed military base they have captured, as this same base was reportedly captured by militants back in July, check the video online.

Also yesterday reuters reported the Islamist captured an “airport” near the Iraqi border… this “airport” was a tiny dustbowl in the middle of the desert and is so short that planes can neither take off nor land on it!

Not only is it not an airport at all, but the same dusty tin shed was reportedly captured by the Islamists a few months ago as well!

Propaganda straight from the terrorists to you!

Thanks reuters =)

And could you not delete my comment this time??

Nov 19, 2012 2:52am EST  --  Report as abuse
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