Siege of key Syria air base ends in victory for rebels

Posted: January 12, 2013 at 4:28 a.m.

A Syrian rebel carries food Friday as he walks in front of a damaged helicopter at Taftanaz air base in northern Syria after the base was captured by rebel forces. This image was provided by the Edlib News Network and authenticated by The Associated Press.

Syrian rebels and Islamic militants overran a major military air base in the north Friday and, buoyed by the victory, intensified their offensive on two other bases in their most aggressive campaign yet to erode the air supremacy on which the regime of President Bashar Assad has increasingly relied in the past year.

Raw: Syrian Rebels Seize Key Air Base

Islamic militants seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad seized Taftanaz air base in Idlib Province on Friday in a significant blow to government forces, seizing helicopters, tanks and multiple rocket launchers. (By The Associated Press)
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