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Rebels seize air defense base in southern Syria

Fighters battled 16 days for site near Jordan line

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels on Saturday captured a major air defense base in a strategic region in the south near the Jordanian border, the latest battlefield triumph for fighters seeking to topple President Bashar Assad, activists said.

Fighters with a rebel group active in the south stormed and seized control of the base used by the 38th Division after a 16-day siege, according to a statement posted on websites of the group known as the Yarmouk Martyrs Brigade.

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