Syria’s rebels claim capture of missiles in Damascus

Updated 29 August 2012
0

Syria’s rebels claim capture of missiles in Damascus

BEIRUT: Syria’s rebels on Tuesday claimed that they had seized from the regime’s arsenal 10 missiles in the eastern belt of Damascus province, amid a marked escalation of violence in the area.
“God is great! Ten missiles! Oh God!” said an unidentified cameraman filming missiles seized by rebel groups.
Activists say are operating under the name of the Gathering of Ansar Al-Islam (partisans of Islam) Battalions from the eastern Ghuta area of Damascus province.
The amateur video posted on YouTube showed a tank burning in a field, as well as several armed men.
It also showed a warehouse storing missiles which the rebels apparently seized from the hands of the army loyal to President Bashar Assad.
The eastern Ghuta area is home to some of the best organized rebel battalions in Syria, and has seen fierce fighting in recent days.
“The operation was staged by the Gathering of Ansar Al-Islam, which works closely with the Military Council,” according to Ahmed Al-Khatib, spokesman for the rebel Free Syrian Army’s Military Council for Damascus and its province.
“It is one of the largest (rebel) groups in the province, though it operates in other areas of the country too,” Khatib told AFP via Skype, who added that it comprised “several experts in missiles.”
Though it was not immediately possible to verify the type of missiles in question, Khatib quoted the rebels behind the operation as saying they were surface-to-surface missiles, and that four of them were ready for launching at the time of their seizure.
After a dramatic escalation of violence in the southwest of Damascus last week, which culminated in what the opposition described as a “massacre” of more than 300 people in Daraya during the weekend, the army shifted its focus to the east of the capital, aiming to destroy rebel supply lines into the capital.
On Monday, Syria’s rebels claimed the downing of an army helicopter in the east Damascus district of Qaboon.
s


Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

Updated 41 min 19 sec ago
0

Turkish police detain 14 Daesh suspects before elections

ANKARA: Turkish police detained 14 suspected Daesh members who were preparing an attack in Ankara ahead of this weekend’s elections, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Friday.
Counter-terror squad police in the capital swooped on various addresses in simultaneous raids and took the suspects, all foreign nationals, to police headquarters for questioning, the agency said.
Turks vote on Sunday in presidential and parliamentary elections that will trigger a change to a powerful presidential system.
Police in Turkey regularly carry out operations targeting the militant group.
Daesh has carried out numerous bombings across Turkey in recent years, including an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on Jan. 1, 2017, in which 39 people were killed and a bombing in the city’s historic heart that killed 12 in 2016.