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article imageSyrian rebels launch offensive against Syrian military bases

By Sami Zaatari     Oct 7, 2013 in World
Syrian rebels from the Free Syrian Army, and an Islamist brigade, have launched a fresh assault on two military bases in an attempt to capture them.
According to activists, the assault has left 10 soldiers dead so far, with Syrian jets bombarding rebel positions to repel the assault.
The two bases, Wadi Deif and Hamidiyeh, have been under rebel siege and attack for almost a year now. In April of this year, Syrian troops managed to temporarily break the siege at Wadi Deif, allowing for supplies to be brought in.
The Hamidiyeh base located in the province of Idlib, is the last remaining government military installation in the province.
One of the groups involved in the fighting, the Liwa al-Umma brigade, is comprised of foreign fighters from Libya.
Elsewhere in Syria, government troops managed to re-open their only supply route to the city of Aleppo, where government soldiers have been locked in a fierce stalemate with rebels over the country's largest city.
The government supply route runs from the controlled city of Hama, and was opened after heavy fighting with Syrian rebels, who have managed to cut off all other supply routes into Aleppo from central government held areas.
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