Syrian rebels and Al Qaeda fighters seize checkpoints around 2 bases in northwestern Syria

December 14, 2014 4:46 PM

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BEIRUT – Rebels and Al Qaeda militants took over at least three government checkpoints Sunday around a pair of military bases in northwestern Syria, activists said.

The positions that fell to opposition fighters in heavy fighting are located around the Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh bases outside the town of Maaret al-Numan in Syria's Idlib province. Rebels have been trying to capture both facilities since 2012, but have not been able to take either despite several at...

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