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Syrian rebels attack airbase

  • Rebels in Syria launched a major offensive earlier today to capture a key airbase in the northern region of the country.

    Video posted on the Internet showed fighters attacking the Taftanaz base as they set out to control a strategic zone between Syria's two biggest cities, Aleppo and the capital Damascus.

    The attack comes a day ahead of an opposition meeting in Doha, Qatar.

    It took place in the early hours of the morning, with five different units of rebel fighters opening fire with rocket launchers, mortars and other weaponry.

    The video said the rebel groups involved included the Free Syrian Army and the radical Islamist al-Nusra Front.

    The United Nations has said the video also appears to show the murder of soldiers or pro-government militiamen and could be evidence of a war crime.