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Syrian rebels capture military airport near Aleppo: opposition

The opposition fighters were surrounding the Jarrah air base, 28 miles east of Aleppo, for weeks
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First Published: Tue, Feb 12 2013. 07 43 PM IST
A file photo of rebel fighters in northern Syria. Photo: AFP
A file photo of rebel fighters in northern Syria. Photo: AFP
Updated: Tue, Feb 12 2013. 07 44 PM IST
Amman: Syrian opposition fighters captured a military airport near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday, an opposition organization said.
The Jarrah air base, 46km east of Aleppo, came under the control of rebel units who have been surrounding it for weeks and the highway linking Aleppo to the oil producing east of the country is in opposition hands, the Sham News Network said.
Video footage showed fighters from the Islamic Free Sham Movement inspecting the airport. Several fighters jets were shown on the ground at the airport and in concrete shelters.
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First Published: Tue, Feb 12 2013. 07 43 PM IST
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