"(Reuters) - Syrian rebels said on Sunday they had captured a helicopter base 15
km (10 miles) east of Damascus after an overnight battle, the second military
facility on the outskirts of the capital to fall to President Bashar al-Assad's
opponents this month.
An Internet video which activists said was filmed at the Marj al-Sultan base
showed rebel fighters carrying AK-47 rifles touring the facility. An
anti-aircraft gun could be seen positioned on top of an empty bunker and a rebel
commander was shown next to a helicopter.
"With God's help, the Marj al-Sultan airbase in eastern Ghouta has been
liberated," the commander said in the video. Eastern Ghouta, a mix of
agricultural land and built-up urban areas, has been a rebel stronghold for
Activists said two helicopters were destroyed in the attack as well as a
radar station, and that 15 personnel were taken prisoner......"