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Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus

In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels capture a helicopter air base near the capital Damascus after fierce fighting in Syria, on Sunday, Nov.
In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels capture a helicopter air base near the capital Damascus after fierce fighting in Syria, on Sunday, Nov.
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Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus as they try to close in on President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power in the capital.

A video released by Syrian activists on Sunday appears to show anti-Assad rebels roaming around the Marj al-Sultan air base, about 15 kilometers east of Damascus, after they launched an assault the previous day.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels killed at least eight soldiers and destroyed two helicopters at the base, while at least 15 rebel fighters also were killed.

There was no government confirmation of the report.

Activists say Syrian opposition forces trying to end President Assad's autocratic rule have been gradually expanding their territory around Damascus, despite being heavily outgunned by government forces who remain entrenched in the capital.

In other developments Sunday, the Observatory said rebels seized a training base of a pro-Assad Palestinian militant faction near Damascus. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine condemned the attack on its base, which it said has been used to train thousands of Palestinians to fight Israel in the past 30 years.

Elsewhere, the Observatory said a bomb attack on a bus killed at least five people in southern Syria.

Syria's government describes the rebels as foreign-backed terrorists. The rebellion began in March 2011 with pro-democracy protests against Mr. Assad before evolving into a civil war. It is difficult to verify details of the fighting independently because Syria tightly restricts reporting by foreign journalists. 

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by: Anonymous
November 27, 2012 9:21 AM
Support for the so called "rebels" is foolish, at best. The Islamist faction of the "rebels" are the vast majority within the rebels, despite misleading news reports about "freedom fighters" and breaking out from dictatorship to "freedom". This will end badly if western support help the "rebels" win. Be prepared for a much more repressive and brutal replacement, after years of chaos and murder in Syria.

by: Hans from: Germany
November 26, 2012 10:03 AM
yeah... really great news... now the Islamic rabble can fly Helicopters against Assad... just need to recruit the local sheep herder to fly them... or maybe they should cry some more "Alla Akbar" and it will fly itself... Arab Idiots

by: WE WILL WIN !!! from: Darwin
November 26, 2012 6:09 AM
Thank USA and Free World for your Love to all oppressed nations in the whole world!
God will always stand with you, because you always stand with wretched people in the Planet.
One among the most dangerous mistakes of Mr. Assad is that, Violence is ALL.
With available advantages about military, police, spy… and supports of Russia and China on 3 times of rejecting UN Security Council Resolutions, Mr. Assad always trusts that, he can destroy all mild demonstrators easily…
But, everything has been not too simple like his calculations…
Though 36.000 people have fallen within recent 20 months in Syria, brave demonstrators still go on going ahead without any fear.
Now, they know how to overcoming military challenges in facing Assad’s Troops cleverly and actively.
Brave Syrian revolutionary soldiers have step by step grown remarkably from FIRE.
Certainly, they will WIN!
Lybia and Syria’s Revolutions are Amazing Symbols of HUMAN DESIRE for FREE and DEMOCRACY over the world, in Century 21.
These are great as well as very important experiences and lessons for the next Democratic Revolutions, in dictatorial regimes in the world.
Dictatorial governments in the world should remember that, you must decide only one in two the following things, agreeing necessary political changes or FACING Revolutions like Lybia and Syria!

by: Victor T Weah Jr from: Greensboro
November 25, 2012 8:21 PM
this great news if this is true, now the rebel can have some air power to stop the asad troops....

by: Anonymous
November 25, 2012 6:50 PM
Awesome news!!! Maybe this will slow down Assad from indiscriminatly dropping bombs on elderly, mothers, fathers, and children. It is good to see that Assad is being crushed by his own people. It is very unfortunate it had to lead to this but in the end Syria will be a much better place. Assads days are numbered.

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