Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on January 12. In a significant advance, Syrian rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Syrian government troops take position in a heavily damaged area in the old city of Aleppo in northern Syria on January 12. In a significant advance, Syrian rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.
(STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Rebels Capture Key Syrian Airbase

January 13, 2013  •  From theTrumpet.com
The Syrian rebels have captured a key Syrian airbase in Taftanaz which is massive blow to Assad regime.
 

Syrian rebels have overrun the largest airbase in northern Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the fighting around the Taftanaz airbase ceased Friday morning when the rebels ousted the last remnants of government forces.

The airbase housed two squadrons of Mil-8/17 Hip transport helicopters, and was previously used by the government to conduct air raids, and transport troops and supplies in Syria’s northern sector. Government forces withdrew all working helicopters from the site before it was overrun. The rebels allegedly seized a number of armored vehicles, 20 choppers that were not in working order, and a large stockpile of weapons.

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