Skip to comments.Syria conflict: Rebels 'attack key airbase at Taftanaz'
Posted on 11/03/2012 4:51:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Rebels in Syria say they are locked in a fierce battle with government forces to take control of a key airbase.
Video posted on the internet showed fighters attacking the strategically important Taftanaz base in the north, located between Syria's two biggest cities, Aleppo and Damascus.
The attack comes a day before a crucial opposition meeting in Doha, Qatar.
It also follows the apparent murder of a number of Syrian troops by rebels, which drew international condemnation.
Separately, Israel said three Syrian tanks had entered the demilitarised buffer zone in the Golan Heights to tackle rebel fighters, prompting an Israeli complaint to the UN forces overseeing a truce in the area.
The attack on Taftanaz took place as dawn broke, with as many as five different units of rebel fighters reportedly opening fire with multiple rocket launchers, mortars and other weaponry.
Activists said the fighting was continuing into the evening, although state media said government forces had repelled the assault, killing a large number of rebels and destroying their vehicles.
The Daily Telegraph's correspondent Richard Spencer, close to the base, says the attack represents a change of tactics by the rebels.
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Rebels target air base in battle against aerial bombardment in Syria
Syrian rebels attack airbase near Aleppo
So we’re supporting the guys that are shooting prisoners?
We should be supporting both sides.
I would agree with you if they were just out fighting in the desert.