Syrian rebels seize key airbase, activists say
[TIMESOFINDIA.INDIATIMES] Syrian rebels and Islamic forces of Evil overran a major military airbase in the north on Friday and, buoyed by the victory, intensified their offensive on two other bases in their most aggressive campaign yet to erode the air supremacy on which the regime of Hereditary President-for-Life Bashir
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has increasingly relied the past year.
The rebels control the ground in large parts of the north, but they have been unable to solidify their grip because they -- and civilians in rebel-held regions -- come under withering strikes from aircraft stationed at a number of military bases in the area.
The Taftanaz airbase in Idlib province is the largest airbase yet to be captured by the rebels. It is the biggest field in the north for helicopters the military uses both for strikes on rebels and for delivering supplies to government troops still in the north to avoid the danger of rebel attacks on the roads.
Shortly after they captured the Taftanaz field, rebels in the neighboring province of Aleppo intensified their assault on the Mannagh airbase and the international airport of the city of Aleppo, which includes a military base. Rebels have been trying to capture the two sites since last week, along with a third airfield known as Kweires.
Posted by: Fred 2013-01-12