Rebels resume attack on Syrian air base

2013-01-03 13:00

Beirut - Syrian activists and state media are reporting intense fighting around a strategic air base in the country's north.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says rebels stormed parts of the Taftanaz air base in the north-western province of Idlib before withdrawing.

The state-run SANA news agency said government forces protecting the base "repelled the terrorists' attempt to attack the airport" and inflicted heavy losses.

The Observatory says attacks by the rebels resumed on Thursday in an attempt to capture the base. Several efforts in recent months to take the Taftanaz facility have failed.

Syrian rebels have been attacking five air bases in Idlib and the nearby province of Aleppo, trying to chip away at the government's air power, which poses the biggest obstacle to advances by opposition fighters.

  • rollingstone.kanyane - 2013-01-03 13:39

    they did it in Tunisia,Lybia,Egypt and this time i dont think they will win the iron man Assad is well prepared

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-03 13:50

      Tunisia and Egypt were genuine revolutions, which is why they succeeded as the masses in both countries rose up against their governments. Libya and Syria are fake foreign sponsored revolutions, no different from the CIA sponsored contras that ravaged South America between the 1960s and the 1980s. Both the Libyan and Syrian contras have hanged on the coat tales of the so called Arab Spring, and were hijacked by foreign interests who had their own selfish geopolitical objectives to achieve in both countries. The Libyan government fell not because of a popular anti government protest, but because of the depraved Nato bombing, and the Syrian government may survive because a large significant portion of that country's population has stuck with its government.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-03 21:36

      ""Libya and Syria are fake foreign sponsored revolutions"" What a load of rubbish, how did you possible get this crap in your head!! YOU will decide which revolutions are genuine and which ones are not. Let me just remind you what this psychopath hero of yours said, at the beginning of this popular uprising; 'the blood of these rebels, aka opposition , will flow in the streets of Libya' 'we will go door to door and flush out these rats, aka opposition' If the Libyans had gone onto Green Square in Tripoli, like the Egyptians did onto Tahrir Square, they would have been mowed down , by the tens of thousands!!! And the same happens in Syria, any gathering of assad opposition gets brutally attacked, by assad's terrorists army! But you just don't have the brain capacity to see the difference of government reactions to these popular uprisings, so you just make up your own story!! Elections held in Libya have PROVEN that the majority of Libyans are in support of this gaddafi fruitcake now eating sand !! And without the slightest doubt, it will happen in Syria, the same ones who now stand alongside the road waving a Syrian flag , will be queing up to get a chance to spit on assad's corpse!!! Another fact that you on purpose overlook, is that the Tunisians and the Egyptians were far better organized, mainly through student bodies, and through activists using social media, which in these countries has a far larger reach than in Libya and Syria.

  • dean.cent.3 - 2013-01-03 15:13

    May our Western Governments and Corporations one day suffer for the terrorism they inflict.....Perhaps they already are (unfortunately that means us) as they keep the criminal banking fraternity afloat that assist payrolling these crimes. That is not to say Gaddafi and Assad are any good but backing rebels and groups claimed to be terrorists is not the way ahead. Much of the terrorism is rooted from our authorities and much must not be trusted. It is time for massive change in this world and removal of the top echelons is the first start...and not by the method employed in Syria an Libya. It is time our own must face consequences for what they do. Do unto others as you wish to be done to yourself, which means stop our murderous organisations intent on selfish self-serving. Time for the people to have the power which is rightly theirs.

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-03 15:50

      It doesn't matter what system you get rid of or what you replace it with. As soon as you have secret closed rooms, where a dozen or so people make decisions that will affect the reality of millions in far off regions you will have continued systemic injustice. Unfortunately, the feudal system of royalty and serfs hasn't changed much. While feudal society was run on the claimed principles of honour, chivalry and courage, post feudal bourgeois society is run on the basis of deception, guile and hypocrisy.

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-03 19:23

      . According to you ""elections are just a noisy circus"" 95 % of the worlds population would not agree with you, but hey, that should not worry you !!!

      fidelity.mcoshi - 2013-01-03 19:47

      Voetsek, go rile someone else up with your nonsense!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-03 22:26

      . Your filthy disturbed comment does not surprise.!! Its fits perfectly with you: RACIST and supporter of MINORITY regimes. You would have been a first class AWB member !!!! Maybe with all these silly name changes, you are one !!!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-04 20:04

      Patrick, You are soo dumb and stupid, you even fool yourself !!!!

  • dean.cent.3 - 2013-01-03 20:41

    To AnthonyfromAfrica You said about a "circus"..Froidian? I never said that but perhaps you speak truer words than you consciously realise!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2013-01-03 22:34

      . Sorry Dean, was making a comment towards Mrs Mcoshi. But , while we are at it, can't agree much with your comment, except your last sentence; "time for the people to have the power, which is rightly theirs" Well said !! THAT'S what Tunisia was about ! THAT'S what Egypt was about ! THAT'S what Libya was about ! And THAT is what Syria is about !

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