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Syrian Rebels Take Major Hydroelectric Dam, Turning of the Tide?
Posted By AIM Newswire On November 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm In AIM Newswire | No Comments
WASHINGTON — Syrian rebels finally captured a key hydroelectric dam situated on the historic Euphrates River, signaling a turning of the tide for the rebels against the repressive Syrian regime. The news comes as rebel and pro-regime fighters struck a truce along the Syria-Turkey border.
The Tishrin Dam, which is located in northern Syria along the Syria-Turkey border, provides electricity to the surrounding areas. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdul-Rahman said that “this is a major blow to the regime”.
It marks one of several strategic victories for the Syrian rebels, who are fighting to unseat dictatorial President Bashar al-Assad and his regime from power. Assad, who is a part of the minority Alawite ethnicity, has resisted international calls for ceasefires and end to the current civil war. He has since tried to tighten his grip on the country, but has run into steep and widespread opposition, not to mention the assassinations of top regime officials in recent months.
A key border town along the Syria-Turkey border, Atmeh, has been a focal point of smuggling of arms and aid to rebel groups in the besieged regions of Aleppo and Idlib. However, a regime airstrike struck the town, shocking the residents and refugees alike. In response, Turkish jets flew over the border, as confirmed by a local official in a nearby border town.
The escalation of the civil war has occurred as al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamist extremists have entered the fray. The opposition welcomes their fighting capacities, but are split over their influence in the opposition itself. This marks a crucial point in the civil war, whether there will be an Assad regime in place or an Islamist state in its stead by the end.
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