Syria retracts weapons threat

Syria has said an earlier foreign ministry statement that it would use chemical weapons against foreign forces was "misconstrued and taken out of context". Britain had earlier said the threat from Damascus is "unacceptable"

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Rebels seize Syrian army infantry school near Aleppo - Defector

Syrian rebel forces seized the army's infantry school in the town of Musalmiyeh, ten miles north of the city of Aleppo, a senior military defector based in Turkey and rebel sources inside Syria have said.

Brigadier General Mustafa al-Sheikh told Reuters:

"This is of big strategic and symbolic importance. The school has ammunition depots and armoured formations and it protects the northern gate to Aleppo."


Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu on 'great threat' from Syria

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken of the "great threat" his country could face if the Assad government collapsed and its stock of chemical weapons and missiles fall into the hands of the Lebanese Islamist group Hezbollah.

He told the US "Fox News Sunday" television programme:

We certainly don't want to be exposed to chemical weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah or some other terror groups. ... It's a great threat.


Free Syrian Army flag raised at border with Turkey

Syrian rebels have captured a third border crossing with Turkey from President Bashar al-Assad's forces today.

Ahmen Zaidan, spokesman for an opposition group called the Higher Council of the Revolution's Leadership, said:

"The Free Syrian Army has taken control of the Bab al-Salam crossing, but Assad's forces are bombarding our positions from afar."

Rebels then posted this film showing the flag of the Free Syrian Army at the border crossing.

A Turkish official at the border confirmed that Bab al-Salam was in rebel hands.

Street battles rage in Aleppo and Damascus

Syrian rebels battled President Bashar al-Assad's forces near the main intelligence base in the northern city of Aleppo today.

Helicopter gunships bombarded several districts of Damascus in an effort to drive out insurgents, witnesses said.

Elite Fourth Division troops were besieging the northern Damascus neighbourhood of Barzeh, according to witnesses.

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