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Syrian soldiers 'fled like rats': rebels
Yahoo ^ | 7/30/12 | Iskandar Kat | AFP

Posted on 07/30/2012 12:51:25 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

"The soldiers fled like rats," says a grinning rebel after he and his fellow fighters captured Anadan checkpoint from the Syrian army, giving them strategic access to Aleppo where they are battling a fierce loyalist offensive.

"Bashar don't go, we will catch you," jokes another rebel, sitting on crates of ammunition in the back of a truck where the Islamist flag -- black with white lettering -- flutters.

The jubilant rebels celebrate their victory with gunfire, while some retrieve weapons and ammunition left behind by the retreating Syrian troops after 10 hours of fierce fighting during the night.

The ground near the military post is littered with bullets of all calibre, as well as heavy machineguns and Kalashnikovs, after the rebels captured it just before dawn on Monday.

The Anadan checkpoint, about five kilometres (3.8 miles) northwest of Aleppo, gives the rebels free movement between Turkey and the northern city, Syria's commercial capital.

The overrunning of the checkpoint comes just days after Syrian troops on Saturday launched an offensive to dislodge the rebel Free Syrian Army (FSA), composed of deserters and armed civilians, from Aleppo.

At Anadan, a rebel could be seen taking shells from an army tank and handing them over to a colleague to be loaded into a pick-up truck. Nearby lies a still-smouldering truck that had been used to ferry soldiers, its tyres melted.

More trucks are parked under a large tent, where the rebels empty dozens of boxes of ammunition and search through whatever has been left behind by the Syrian soldiers.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Israel; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: freesyrianarmy; rats; rebels; soldiers; syria; syrian; waronterror

1 posted on 07/30/2012 12:51:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge
Dictator's conscripts tend to do that...
2 posted on 07/30/2012 12:56:43 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Too many thinking Freepers have left the building...)
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To: NormsRevenge
"Bashar don't go, we will catch you," jokes another rebel, sitting on crates of ammunition in the back of a truck where the Islamist flag -- black with white lettering -- flutters

Obama's people.

3 posted on 07/30/2012 12:59:58 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: gov_bean_ counter

We have no dog in this fight. One side is made up of terrorists from “the base” and the other side is made up of pro Iranian troops. I don’t believe any news out of Syria anyway.


4 posted on 07/30/2012 1:03:24 PM PDT by Judge Kovitzky (Eat more chicken.)
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BBC says Aleppo offensive continues

Syria conflict: Army steps up attack on rebels in Aleppo
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-19050942

Syrian government forces have been continuing their assault with artillery, ground forces and helicopter gunships on rebel-held areas of the second city, Aleppo.

Officials said one area, Salah al-Din, had been recaptured, but rebels said the battle there was still going on.

UN observers have reported an upsurge in violence in the city, the new head of their mission Babacar Gaye said.

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In other developments:

- Greece is to quadruple the number of guards on its border with Turkey to pre-empt a possible influx of Syrian refugees, AP quotes Public Order Minister Nikos Dendias as saying
- The al-Jazeera media network says one of its journalists, Ankara-based correspondent Omar Khashram, has been wounded by shrapnel in Aleppo and evacuated to Turkey for treatment
- Syria’s most senior diplomat in London, Charge d’Affaires Khaled al-Ayoubi, says he has left his post and is no longer willing to represent a regime that has “committed such violent and oppressive acts against its own people”, a UK Foreign Office statement says


5 posted on 07/30/2012 1:05:57 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

This should be interesting to see who is better on the battlefield: Muslim Brotherhood or Hizbollah.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 1:06:08 PM PDT by Perdogg (Let's leave reading things in the Constitution that aren't there to liberals and Dems)
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To: NormsRevenge

Death to Bashar al-Assad and his running dogs!


7 posted on 07/30/2012 1:06:12 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: NormsRevenge

Unfortunate.

One secural dictator is much to be preferred over a Congress of maniac Muslim extremists.

It would be MUCH better if mutual annihiliation occurred.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 1:08:07 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: NormsRevenge

I bet the Russians have threatened Assad big time to not even think about using chemical weapons. If he does that, it is open season on his rear end from every corner of the planet.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 1:12:16 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: NormsRevenge

This is going to turn out badly no matter what...either a dictator wins or the Islamist rebels have another state near Israel with Chemical weapons......


10 posted on 07/30/2012 1:13:26 PM PDT by jakerobins
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To: NormsRevenge

Yeah, well, we can always believe what he hear out of this part of the world, can’t we?


11 posted on 07/30/2012 1:13:58 PM PDT by Attention Surplus Disorder (This stuff we're going through now, this is nothing compared to the middle ages.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thanks for the info.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 1:18:34 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (The Global Warming Hoax was a Criminal Act....where is Al Gore?)
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To: Gaffer

I do not know the end of this...but I respect the heck out of people who take up arms to conquer a dictator who was mowing down his people simply for mass demonstrations. God bless them!


13 posted on 07/30/2012 1:28:08 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: fabian

We may be next.


14 posted on 07/30/2012 1:44:08 PM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
Dictator's conscripts tend to do that...

Assad's loyalists are Alawite minority, like himself. They face annihilation if they lose completely. They were hoping to carve out a rump Alawite territory along the coast, sort of a Syrian version of West Virginia, carved out of Virginia during the Civil War. Sucks to be Alawite. In 1936, the French incorporated the Alawites into the newly formed state of Syria. The Alawites were not even considered Muslims by the Sunnis at that time.

Syria, circa 1920.

15 posted on 07/30/2012 1:47:42 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (The Democratic Party strongly supports full civil rights for necro-Americans!)
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To: DTogo

Yes...I need to get ready!


16 posted on 07/30/2012 1:52:32 PM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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To: 2harddrive

Death to both sides.


17 posted on 07/30/2012 1:54:01 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Judge Kovitzky

Evil muzzies versus rotten muzzies.

There are NO good guys in this fight. Both sides hate Israel & want to kill all the Jews.

A plague on both their houses in Syria!


18 posted on 07/30/2012 2:14:29 PM PDT by elcid1970 (Nuke Mecca now. Death to Islam means freedom for all mankind. Deus vult!)
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To: dfwgator

There are “good guys” in this fight but their fate will be the same as those in Libya and Egypt. The Mideast pattern is to throw the rational folks out there as cannon fodder and then come in with the Brotherhood or some such to mop up (including the “good guys”. So, regardless, this will not end well. See Iraq where the only question is whether the Iranians take over or split the country with al Qaeda.


19 posted on 07/30/2012 2:24:42 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: JimSEA

See Russia 1917.


20 posted on 07/30/2012 2:28:35 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: gov_bean_ counter

I wish they would fight better. The more damage they do to each other, the less the winner will be able to do to us.


21 posted on 07/30/2012 2:31:03 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks NormsRevenge.
...says a grinning rebel after he and his fellow fighters captured Anadan checkpoint from the Syrian army, giving them strategic access to Aleppo where they are battling a fierce loyalist offensive.
See! Gun control works! ;')

In 1973, despite the advantages of surprise, massive armor superiority, and SAM batteries to negate the Israeli air-to-ground anti-tank tactics, the entire Syrian army (that didn't get blown to bits inside nearly 1000 tanks the Israelis destroyed) ran for their lives.


22 posted on 07/30/2012 2:59:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

Man o’ man what paper tigers the Middle East has for Military forces, and Rebels for that matter.


23 posted on 07/30/2012 3:29:56 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

Are you kidding? The Arab Armies are great at smashing unarmed civilians! /sarc


24 posted on 07/30/2012 3:55:31 PM PDT by Shadow44
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To: NormsRevenge
i'm rooting for both sides on this one...
25 posted on 07/30/2012 4:05:16 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: dfwgator

Exactly.


26 posted on 07/30/2012 6:54:23 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: fabian

hello

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/30/al-qaida-rebels-battle-syria


27 posted on 07/30/2012 9:47:29 PM PDT by freedommom
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To: NormsRevenge

The world may yet find out what happened to Saddam’s weapons of mass destruction.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 7:43:28 AM PDT by wordsofearnest (Proper aim of giving is to put the recipient in a state where he no longer needs it. C.S. Lewis)
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To: freedommom

I think that is a shame..however, it does not make all of the free Syrians wrong. They will have to fight Al queada once freedom is won..to some degree. I still respect the heck out of the free Syrian army!


29 posted on 07/31/2012 8:07:55 AM PDT by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo with laughter")
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