Syrian rebels seize military base as fighting rages
Syrian rebels have captured a military base in the south of the country after days of heavy fighting, activists said, in the latest advance by opposition fighters near the strategic border area with Jordan.
Opposition fighters battling President Bashar Assad's troops have been chipping away at the regime's hold on the south with the help of an influx of foreign-funded weapons.
Their aim is to secure a corridor from the Jordanian border to Damascus in preparation for an eventual assault on the capital.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the rebels seized the air defence base – home to the Syrian army's 49th battalion – on the outskirts of the city of Daraa, the birthplace of Syria's uprising, yesterday, after battling Assad's troops in the area for several days.