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Infantry College Captured
[Reuters] In the latest of a string of military installations to fall to the rebels, the army's infantry college north of Aleppo
...For centuries, Aleppo was Greater Syria's largest city and the Ottoman Empire's third, after Constantinople and Cairo. Although relatively close to Damascus in distance, Aleppans regard Damascenes as country cousins...
was captured on Saturday after five days of fighting, a rebel commander with the powerful Islamist Tawheed Brigade said.

Insurgents first reported seizing the infantry college on Saturday, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said later that day there was still fierce fighting going on.

The commander whose Tawheed brigade took part in the assault said the rebels had surrounded the college, located 16 km (10 miles) north of Aleppo, Syria's largest city, three weeks ago.

"At least 100 soldiers have been taken prisoner and 150 decided to join us. The soldiers were all hungry because of the siege," the commander, who spoke on condition he was not further identified, told Rooters by telephone.

Desperate food shortages are growing in parts of Syria. Residents of Aleppo say fistfights and dashes across the front lines have become part of the daily struggle to secure a loaf of bread.

Violence continued across the country. Syrian forces killed 25 people in the town of Helfaya in Hama province when they shelled it with warplanes and artillery for the first time since February, opposition activists said.

Ten fighters were killed in shelling in Deraa, the cradle of the revolt against Assad.
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#8  Well, if the Infantry College got captured I guess it wasn't very good at teaching infantry...stuff.
Posted by: tu3031   2012-12-17 16:37  

#7  "Aleppo Sacked" -- what is 'a headline from any century since the 5th BC', Alex?
Posted by: Rob Crawford   2012-12-17 15:13  

#6  Properties says Magdburg JQC, those were some righteously pissed off tank destroyers.
Posted by: Shipman   2012-12-17 14:08  

#5  The pic looks like WWII Germany--possibly Berlin.

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Posted by: trailing wife   2012-12-17 13:53  

#4  Alleppo sounds like one of the Marx brothers. Who are the rebels? Looks like the strong horses are islamists. Despite the differences between tribes and groups, they tend to unite against the infidels (us). I smell caliphate.

The pic looks like WWII Germany--possibly Berlin. The actions of the allies brought the war to an end. Today, you would probably have to clear such actions with an army of attorneys in Washington. It would be debated forever and then maybe never approved. Do hearts and minds campaigns ever really work?
Posted by: JohnQC   2012-12-17 12:34  

#3  I would imagine that they meant 250 captured, and 150 "galvanized".

If hunger's starting to be that big of a factor among guys with guns, the civilian starvation body-count could quickly eclipse that from violence up to this point. In the old days hunger and disease were the two big killers in war, with actual throat-slitting coming a fairly distant third.

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Posted by: Mitch H.   2012-12-17 11:15  

#2  Their decision was based upon Chicago style, secret ballots.
Posted by: Besoeker   2012-12-17 10:55  

#1  150 out of 100 prisoners joined the rebels? Wow, that's one heck of a recruitment program they have there!
Posted by: gromky   2012-12-17 00:28