Skip to comments.Syria: Shifting the strategic balance
Posted on 02/17/2013 6:46:32 AM PST by bert
Syria's opposition fighters have been gaining strength and becoming more organised while government forces seem to be slowly withdrawing under the pressure.
Last week, opposition fighters said they took control of the al-Jarrah military air base in Aleppo province. It was the latest in a string of military air bases to be captured by anti-government fighters.
And the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the rebels have, for the first time, seized a fleet of air force planes that includes MiG fighters.
The capture of the airfield happened a day after fighters seized the country's largest hydro-electric dam, located in the town of Tabqa in the north of Syria.
The taking of the Euphrates dam follows the capture of two others in the same area. It supplies electricity to many towns, as well as to the city of Aleppo, and provides access to Lake Assad, Syrias largest reservoir. The anti-government forces say the dam is operating normally.
Its seizure is being called one of the biggest strategic gains by opposition fighters since the uprising began nearly two years ago.
(Excerpt) Read more at aljazeera.com ...
Given jihadists' standard aviation practice, they will learn to fly the planes, but not land them. In that scenario, each plane is good for only one mission.
Al Jazerra reading less opinionated than AP et al.
And a bad one for real human beings. I hope Assad has the guts to break out the nerve gas, or Sarin or whatever he’s got.
If he doesn’t, Alawites, Christians and other religious minorities in Syria are going to be extinct.
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