Syria rebels seize strategic checkpoint

2012-07-30 11:03

Anadan - Syrian rebels seized a strategic checkpoint northwest of Aleppo on Monday after a 10-hour battle, securing them free movement between the northern city and Turkey, an AFP journalist said.

"The Anadan checkpoint, 5km northwest of Aleppo, was taken this morning at 05:00 after 10 hours of fighting," said General Ferzat Abdel Nasser, a rebel officer who deserted the Syrian army a month ago.

By securing this position, the rebels now control a direct route between the Turkish border and the city of Aleppo, where the Syrian army launched an offensive on Saturday to dislodge the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), composed of deserters and armed civilians.

An AFP journalist on the ground said that the rebels captured seven tanks and armoured vehicles, and destroyed an eighth vehicle.

Six soldiers were killed and 25 were taken as prisoners, General Ferzat said by phone, adding that four of his own men died in the fighting.

  • neutedop.opinie - 2012-07-30 11:29

    Well done. if the world stands and watch, then you have to do it on your own. Hope this is the tide turner. Wish Turkey wants to get involve! Sad thing, if America will offer help, then all will say it is because of oil. I think they gave up on trying to help people like the FSA.

  • fred.fraser.12 - 2012-07-30 18:11

    Unfortunately it's a small victory, limited to a small point in the north-west of the country. But well done nonetheless.

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