In this image taken from video obtained from the Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, Syrian rebels captured a helicopter air base near the capital Damascus after fierce fighting in Syria, on Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012. T
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Activists: Syrian rebels seize major dam in north
- Associated Press
- November 26, 2012 - 4:34 AM
BEIRUT - Activists say Syrian rebels have captured a hydroelectric dam on the Euphrates river in the country's north in a strategic victory that followed days of fighting.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the Tishrin Dam, near the town of Manbij, fell to the rebels before dawn on Monday.
Rami Abdul-Rahman, who heads the Observatory, says the dam supplies several areas of Syria with electricity.
The rebels have been making strategic advances recently. On Sunday, they briefly captured a regime helicopter base outside Damascus.
Syria's conflict started in March 2011 as uprising against President Bashar Assad's regime, inspired by other Arab Spring revolts.
It quickly morphed into a civil war that has since killed more than 40,000 people, according to activists.
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