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In less than 24 hours, rebels used surface-to-air missiles to strike down two aircraft in northern Syria, marking a turning point in their war with forces of President Bashar al-Assad.
Little more than a week ago, the rebels seized tanks, armoured vehicles, artillery, 120-mm mortars and rocket launchers when they took the regime forces' sprawling Base 46, about 12 kilometres (eight miles) west of Aleppo.
Rebel commander General Ahmed Faj told AFP on Friday that the rebels also seized surface-to-air missiles from the base.
"If the rebels have a significant arsenal of surface-to-air missiles, like the well-known Stingers that decimated Russian helicopters and jets in Afghanistan, Assad's army will lose part of its control of the sky," Syria expert Fabrice Balanche told AFP.
"Rebel-held areas will become safe, and insurgents will be able to go on the offensive without fearing the aerial threat."
But heres the take from one analyst:
Since the end of July, the Syrian regime has used fighter jets to try to suppress a growing insurgency. The air force has frequently bombarded rebel-held areas across the country, causing high casualties.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a watchdog that relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground
Rebels in Tourmanin said insurgent members of the Ahrar Daret Ezza group, whose name means the Free People of Daret Ezza, a nearby village, were responsible for the strike.
Dozens of rebels rushed to the scene minutes after the plane was shot down, crying out "Allahu Akbar!" (God is Greatest).
Children rummaged among the smouldering debris, as the stench of kerosene and burning plastic rose. Some teenagers picked up pieces of the plane's broken wings, others played with ammunition.
teenagers picked up pieces of the plane's broken wings, others played with ammunition.
I take downed aircraft claims with a big grain of salt when it comes to the FSA.
To date The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, have not been reliable and from the article i pretty much laughed how they are defending the Jihadists by claiming that the fighters who supposedly brought the jet down were just simple villagers.
That the Rebels have overrun bases and captured weapons which they now are employing in a fresh spurt of new activity, including downing aircraft is not challenged...
5. The other day there was an AP story that surfaced about Syrian mercenary terrorists capturing army bases and taking their heavy weaponry. I found that extremely hard to believe and then I realized that it might be a narrative designed to explain how suddenly the FSA terrorists supported by the Obama Administration start using mechanized weapons. Now, it makes perfect sense.
“Syria — Syrian rebels have taken over a large military base in the country’s north, carting off tanks, armored vehicles and truck-loads of munitions their leaders say will give them a boost in their fight to topple President Bashar Assad.” Associated Press
There was an activist during this past summer who stated, the majority of the YouTube videos showing them that they are gaining is simply for propaganda and sometimes moral boost.