Syrian Rebels Storm and Capture a Police Academy Near Aleppo

by Colonel on February 24, 2013

“Rebels stormed a police academy near the Syrian city of Aleppo on Sunday, the latest in a string of gains in the country’s north using weapons seized from the Syrian military.

Turning President Bashar al-Assad’s own armaments against him, the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA) used captured tanks to launch a fresh offensive on the compound in Khan al-Asal on the outskirts of the city. Opposition fighters took control of all four buildings in the complex, but clashes continued to rage, according to the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), an opposition activist network.

The capture of the compound, a target of rebel attacks for months, would deal a damaging blow to the Assad government after a series of strategic losses in recent weeks. It has lost control of two of military bases near the Aleppo International Airport and key infrastructure installations.

” — Loveday Morris, Copyright 2013 The Washington Post Company

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