TribLIVE

| USWorld


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Syrian activists seize key city

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Washington Post
Friday, March 29, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
 

Rebels took control of the city of Dael in southern Syria on Friday, according to activists and rebel fighters, a notable victory for the opposition in a conflict that has left at least 70,000 Syrians dead.

Dael sits along a strategic highway that connects Damascus to Jordan, about 13 miles from the city.

A few weeks ago, rebels seized the city of Raqqah in northern Syria. Jabhat al-Nusra, a religious extremist group that the United States has blacklisted for its links to al-Qaida, played a key role in the battle for Raqqah. But the group, also known as the al-Nusra Front, and other extremist organizations were not involved in the takeover of Dael, according to rebel fighters.

Rebels have been able to capture and hold large swaths of territory in northern and eastern Syria but have yet to establish a solid foothold in the south. Taking over Dael could signal a rebel push to make larger inroads in the southern portion of the country.

Rebel fighters launched the offensive to take over Dael because of its key location, and they engaged in fierce clashes with government troops at three checkpoints around the city, according to opposition activists and fighters. One video posted online shows a smoking tank with its turret blown off, surrounded by buildings damaged in fighting.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read World

  1. Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
  2. Al-Qaida branch seizes Syrian city
  3. Boko Haram kills dozens, prevents hundreds voting in Nigeria
  4. German pilot visited glider field near crash site as a child
  5. Russians blame Western sanctions for recession fed by oil price drop
  6. Iran poses top threat to Mideast stability, Israeli consul general says
  7. Russians threaten Danish warships over NATO missile defense pact
  8. Airstrikes intensify in Yemen as Egypt, Saudis consider ground forces
  9. Rebels’ capture of city near base in Yemen prompts U.S. troops to evacuate
  10. Jordan to pay Russia $10B to build kingdom’s 1st nuclear plant
  11. Vote blunts rise of France’s far right National Front