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« on: July 30, 2012, 12:33:35 PM »

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Re: Aleppo
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2012, 08:11:04 AM »
http://www.channel4.com/news/dramatic-footage-of-battle-for-aleppo-airport


Sunday 19 August 2012
Footage filmed in Syria's largest city captures exchanges of heavy gunfire as rebels and government forces battle for control of the airport.

The video, shot on Friday, shows opposition fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades in areas leading to the airport.

Foreign journalists said President Bashar al-Assad's forces responded with helicopter gunfire and mortars.

Families were seen fleeing Aleppo as the fighting intensified.

Syria's state news agency said that "armed terrorist groups" - regime shorthand for the rebels - had been pushed from both sides of the airport by government troops.

It was the first official acknowledgement that fighting was taking place close to a strategic gateway to the country's largest city.

The report did not specify whether it meant the international airport or the adjacent military airfield.

Tens of thousands of civilians have now fled Aleppo, which major symbolic and strategic value.

It is the main hub of northern Syria and close to the northern countryside where rebels organise and bring in supplies from Turkey.

Rebels are trying to take control the city centre, which would further undermine government claims that its professional army can easily quash opposition forces.

The 17-month-old conflict between Assad's regime and rebels trying to bring him down has left some 20,000 people dead, according to estimates by anti-Assad activists.

The escalating fight has in the past two months turned to battles in the former Assad strongholds of Damascus and Aleppo.

Rebels have managed to keep fighting in both cities despite facing overwhelming regime firepower.

Reports: 'UK intelligence given to rebels'

The Sunday Times reported today that Britain is passing military intelligence to the rebels.

The newspaper quotes an unnamed Syrian opposition official as saying that signals intelligence from UK sources is being passed on to Free Syrian Army fighters via Turkish and American intermediaries.

The official said intelligence about Syrian troop movements has helped the rebels launch devastating attacks on tropps loyal to Assad.


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Syria- Savage Fighting rages for control of Aleppo airport  1:02

VIDEO:  http://youtu.be/CYhnbCSqS5k


Published on Aug 18, 2012 by AussieNews1
Fierce fighting raged between rebels and government forces for control of the airport in the northern city of Aleppo, a strategic target for both sides.

Syria's state news agency says "armed terrorist groups" - regime shorthand for the rebels - had been pushed from both sides of the airport by government troops.

It was the first official acknowledgement combat had neared a strategic gateway to the country's largest city.

Al Jazeera's Dominic Kane reports.

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