Syrian rebels take over air base, missile batteries, near HomsJune 11, 2012
Source: Times of Israel
Syrian rebels took control of a Syrian air force base near the city of Homs Sunday, according to a report in Al-Arabiya.
The fighters gained control of a number of surface-to-air missile batteries, giving them an extra edge as they battle forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad.
According to the report, officers and soldiers at the base defected and joined rebel forces. The base’s battalion commander had asked the soldiers to choose between joining the rebellion or going home.