Sun, Oct 14, 2012 - Page 6 News List

US berates Russia for Syria aid

‘MORALLY BANKRUPT’:At least 240 people were killed in one of the deadliest days since the insurgency began, and Syria’s tensions with Turkey are continuing to escalate

AFP, DAMASCUS

Resupplying the army is “a fundamental aspect of the performance of the military,” said Emile Hokayem, Middle East expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.

However, he added that regime air supremacy was no longer decisive because the troops have “lost morale.”

According to the Observatory, the rebels took 256 soldiers prisoner in capturing the town of Khirbat al-Joz and nearby areas in Idlib Province along the border with Turkey since last week.

And an Agence France-Presse reporter said the rebels, by seizing a stretch of highway near Maaret al-Numan, were able to cut the route linking Damascus to embattled commercial hub Aleppo on Thursday, choking the flow of troops to the north.

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