FSA Fighters Attack Assad Regime Military Air Base in Deir el-Zour (Syria)

(September 1st, 2012) Opposition fighters in topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterrit said early Saturday that they had captured an air defense base in the eastern province of Deir el-Zour, taking at least 16 soldiers captive and seizing weapons and ammunition in what appeared to be part of a broader rebel offensive against Syrian military installations in several parts of the country.

Rebel fighters in the province also attacked a military air base, according to activist groups, the third attack on an air force site in the past few days. Last week, rebel commanders claimed to have destroyed several helicopters during attacks on two separate military airports in
the northern Idlib Province.


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