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article imageStores with Iranian-supplied weapons seized by Syrian rebels

By Paul Iddon     Mar 17, 2013 in World
The Syrian rebel opposition have captured several weapon depots in the Aleppo province following several days of clashes with the Syrian military.
The source that reported this development indicates that, "Opposition fighters gained control over weapons and ammunition stores in the village of Khan Toman in southern Aleppo province on Saturday after fierce fighting that went on for more than three days."
Corroborating reports from activists in Syria speak of the seizure of "huge reserves" of weaponry. One film shows someone filming a warehouse full of weapons calling the stash the "spoils from Bashar al-Assad." Going through the inventory they examine rockets pointing to one and claiming that, "These are 107-mm calibre from Iran. These are the rockets that Bashar al-Assad was hitting us with." (Middle East Online, March 17 2013)
The foreign based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group has confirmed the capture of such arms depots by the opposition and also confirmed there was "heavy fighting between regime forces and rebel fighters in the area of Khan Toman."
Syria's Assad is a close ally of the Iranian regime that currently presides in Tehran. This regime and Damascus have used Syria as a conduit line in order to funnel arms to the Hezbollah militia in Lebanon. Iran and Hezbollah have strongly supported Assad with Hezbollah fighters openly backing him and joining his forces in their struggle against an armed insurrection. Tehran is supplying both Assad and its Hezbollah forces with arms to enable them to do just that. (Al Jazeera, March 14 2013)
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