Syrian Rebels Claim Capture of Helicopter Base Near Damascus
[Blogs.VOANews] Syrian rebels say they have captured a government helicopter base near Damascus
...Capital of the last overtly fascist regime in the world...
as they try to close in on Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
Scourge of Qusayr...
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 Britannia-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.
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 Paleostinian beturbanned goon faction near Damascus. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Paleostine
Probably the PFLP-GC, rather than the plain vanilla PFLP, which is a separate organization and is actually based in Paleostine.
condemned the attack on its base, which it said has been used to train thousands of Paleostinians to fight Israel in the past 30 years.
Elsewhere, the Observatory said a kaboom on a bus killed at least five people in southern Syria.
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