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Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:22 PM

Extremists among Syrian rebels who seized base

Source: AP-Excite

By BASSEM MROUE

BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian rebels including Islamic extremists took full control of a sprawling military base Tuesday after a bloody two-day battle that killed 35 soldiers, activists said. It was the latest gain by opposition forces bolstered by an al-Qaida-linked group that has provided skilled fighters but raised concerns in the West.

The Sheik Suleiman military base was the second major base captured in the north by the rebels, who also are making inroads farther south toward the capital, Damascus.

In other violence, dozens of people were reported injured or killed in Aqrab, a village in central Hama province, in a series of explosions. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the bloodshed, citing activists in the area, but had no immediate death toll or details on who was to blame.

Fighters from jihadi groups, including Jabhat al-Nusra, were among those doing battle in the rebel ranks as they took control of Sheik Suleiman base, near the northern city of Aleppo, according to the Observatory and other activists.

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Free Syrian Army fighters take their positions, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:47 PM

1. This must be a mistake

There are no extremists among those fighting to oust Assad. They are all pro-democracy freedom fighters

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:51 PM

2. I give up. That is the feeling I have when I read this.

There is no end in sight. Evilness and stupidity seem to be a strong component of the human condition.

Sorry, John McCain. There is nothing we can do.

Let's just be very kind to those close by, in whose lives, we may actually be able to make a difference.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 03:54 PM

3. How does one become an extremist ?

 

Is that just a PC way of saying blood-thirsty terrorist?

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