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Syrian rebels claim capture of air base near Damascus

Syrian rebels claim victory over another government military base.

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Syrian government forces' helicopters are parked at a military base near the northern Syrian town of Taftanaz, in the Idlib province, on Nov. 9, 2012. (Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian rebel fighters say they captured a government helicopter base 10 miles outside of Damascus, Reuters reported.

The news agency's story is based on an activist video, reportedly filmed at Marj al-Sultan base, in which Syrian rebels show they have complete control of the air base. This information could not be independently verified. 

In the video a commander says, according to Reuters, "With God's help, the Marj al-Sultan airbase in eastern Ghouta has been liberated."

In the last month Syrian rebels have captured, sometimes temporarily, a number of government military bases.

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On November 22 the BBC reported Syrian rebel fighters claimed a victory in a military base in the town of Mayadeen. Earlier this week rebels captured a key military base near Iraq in the Deir al-Zor province.

But while these claimed strategic seizures suggest the Syrian rebels are advancing, they have yet to capture a major city from Bashar al Assad's government.

On Friday, GlobalPost reported the death toll for Syria's civil may have surpassed 40,000.

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/syria/121125/syrian-rebels-claim-capture-air-base-near-damascus