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Syria conflict: Rebels 'attack key airbase at Taftanaz'
BBC News ^ | Saturday, November 03, 2012 | unattributed

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: russia; syria; waronterror
Syria conflict: Rebels 'attack key airbase at Taftanaz'

Syria conflict: Rebels attack key airbase at Taftanaz

1 posted on 11/03/2012 4:51:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Rebels target air base in battle against aerial bombardment in Syria
http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/rebels-target-air-base-in-battle-against-aerial-bombardment-in-syria

Syrian rebels attack airbase near Aleppo
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/03/syrian-rebels-air-base-aleppo


2 posted on 11/03/2012 4:55:30 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

So we’re supporting the guys that are shooting prisoners?


3 posted on 11/03/2012 5:31:15 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: SunkenCiv
What is it with this ‘rebels’ name? Seems mighty convenient to not have to name names of who these peoples are and who their leadership is. Quite a generic inference until they take control.
4 posted on 11/03/2012 5:33:36 PM PDT by Just mythoughts (Please help Todd Akin defeat Claire and the GOP-e send money!!!!!)
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To: blueunicorn6

We should be supporting both sides.


5 posted on 11/03/2012 5:48:21 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I would agree with you if they were just out fighting in the desert.


6 posted on 11/03/2012 6:22:20 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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