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Rebels seize Syria helicopter base

Syria rebels have seized the largest helicopter base in the country.

Syrian rebels take position in the Salaheddin district of the northern city of Aleppo on September 6, 2012. Picture: AFP.

BEIRUT - Rebels have seized the Taftanaz air base in northern Syria after months of fighting, activists and rebels said on Friday.

The pro-opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airport was taken after a renewed assault was launched earlier this month.

Rebels from the Islamic Front, an alliance of several Islamist units, said Taftanaz is the largest helicopter base in northern Syria and the second largest in the country.