Topic: Protests in Syria
MOSCOW, October 13 (RIA Novosti)
- Blasts Rock Syrian City of Aleppo
- Syrian Rebels Claim Capturing President Assad’s Cousin
- Syrian Army ‘Beats Back’ Aleppo Rebels
- Car Bomb Kills at Least 17, Wounds over 40 in Syria’s Aleppo
- No U.S. Intervention in Syria - State Department
- Syria Calls for Dialog with Opposition
Syrian rebels on Friday seized a state air defense base east of the northern city of Aleppo, as government forces fought militants across the country, Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera quoted activists as saying.
The air defense base was located in al-Tana village on the road east from Aleppo to al-Raqqa, it quoted the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights as saying on Friday.
Clashes were also occurring at other locations. The Britain-based pro-opposition Observatory said rebels killed over 100 soldiers in two days.
The Syrian conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, according to various Syrian opposition groups. The UN puts the death toll at over 20,000 people.
The West is pushing for President Bashar al-Assad’s ouster while Russia and China are trying to prevent outside interference in Syria, saying that the Assad regime and the opposition are both to blame for the bloodshed.
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The growing outright rivalry between the United States and China gives Russia more foreign policy weight, enabling it to assume the role of a balancer. So far it has been doing so rather skillfully. Today it may participate in a joint naval exercise with China that Beijing positions as outwardly anti-American. But tomorrow it can team up with the naval forces of the Old World.