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FSA fight army advance on seized town

2012-10-13 17:39

Maaret Al-Numan - Syrian rebels blocked on Saturday army reinforcements advancing towards the town of Maaret al-Numan which has been under rebel control for nearly a week.

In its bid to retake the town, strategically located in the northwest on the road from Turkey to the embattled city of Aleppo, the army used warplanes to bombard Maaret al-Numan, killing two civilians and destroying three homes.

Some 40 military vehicles, including 10 tanks, four-wheel-drive vehicles with mounted machineguns and buses full of troops were waiting some 10km south of the town, rebel fighters said.

The rebel Free Syrian Army seized control of Maaret al-Numan on Tuesday, pushing the army out into two military bases on its outskirts, and blocking the arrival of new reinforcements to Aleppo.

"The rebels tried again to storm the Wadi Deif army base [on Saturday]... when they were bombarded by a MiG fighter jet," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

Rockets


Rebels have also seized part of the road running through the town, which has slowed the army's attempt to advance.

Regime forces have been launching rockets daily from the two bases on the outskirts, focusing their fire mainly on an underground emergency field hospital.

On Saturday, army shelling injured 20 rebel fighters, the Observatory said.

Residents of villages surrounding Maaret al-Numan fled en masse because of the violence, according to the Britain-based watchdog.

Experts say the Syrian army has been worn down by an increase in the number of battlefronts and rebel attacks that have cut major supply routes and undermined the regime's military superiority.

The army relies mainly on its air supremacy to slow the progress of the insurgency against President Bashar Assad's regime.

Comments
  • duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 18:33

    I find this report biased and non factualinformation almost a wishful attempt to boost the FSA in the eyes of the readers.I am sure that the reluctance of the Syrian regular armed forces to launch a full scale and powerful attack was in order to allow the civilians to first leave the area.We will see what the outcome of this battle will be and contrary,to what has been said in this report and other Western spin reports,I am amazed at the ability of the Syrian regular armed forces to have survived for so long with only a reported 5%percent backing from the countries population.I can easily remember the US military saying that the war in Iraq will only last a year or two and that Afghanistan will be cleaned of Taliban in less than a few years of concerted NATO military action.I also remember,at the height of the Vietnam war press releases,praising US battles won and that the war would not last much longer..well we all know what happened there and what has since happened in Afghanistan.They are even now talking about allowing the Taliban to open a political office so as to facilitate peace talks.So much for Hamid Karzi government who will be sold down the river with all their backers so the US can extract themselves from another lost war!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-13 19:02

      Dankie Your comment is soo typical of the violent loony left, as the ONLY information you believe , is what fits in your silly and childish anti Western crap!! The Syrian 'regular terrorists' army is a formidable army, supported by Russian troops, advisers and their 'killing experts' But , every single day, they loose ground to the Syrian opposition Your assad hero MONSTER, has lost this war long time ago!!! And the rest of your comment; So typical of the violent loony left' CONFUSE with all irrelevant stuff !!

      duncan.gill1 - 2012-10-13 19:08

      Fartanthonyfromromantica The Syrian 'regular terrorists' army is a formidable army, supported by Russian troops, advisers and their 'killing experts' But , every single day, they loose ground to the Syrian opposition What a load of propaganda you are so laughable it hurts...you have lost your senses my boy..get a life if this is your best argument then you are so woefully lost in a delusional world that no one will ever be able to help you..go book an appointment with a psychiatrist pleeze and stop your stumbling attempts to provide an argument for your slanted and insane views of life..!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 22:21

      But then, Dunkie, you come from the belief that Al-Quaida is a US fabrication to destabilize the Middle East. It's impossible to be more biased and delusional than that. Best to clean up your belief system, which creates the lenses through which you see the world, before expressing opinions on other people's perspectives. Otherwise you're just commenting on your own lack of true awareness, which is exactly what you are doing here.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 23:29

      I have replied. Your post is biased and wrong. And again: you only speak for yourself, not everyone else, notwithstanding what your Ego says.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-13 23:32

      P.S. There are no insults in my message to you. Saying that you're being biased and delusional is not an insult.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-10-14 07:15

      This Dankie and his buddy Patrick, believe ANYTHING that is against this assad terrorist, is an 'insult' Shame !!!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-14 23:46

      Patrick, you're as stubborn as stubborn can be. Everyone knows the West is doing virtually nothing to help the Syrian people free themselves from decades of unelected and brutal rule by the Assad family. It's unconscionable on their part, and totally stubborn and frankly stupid on your part that you continue to hold such an obviously faulty perspective.

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