July 26, 2013
As many as 150 government troops were killed when Western-backed rebels stormed a pro-government town in northern Syria’s province of Aleppo earlier this week, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Friday.
The report said around 51 of those killed were summarily executed by the rebels, including about 30 officers and warrant officers.
Forces of the Syrian opposition retook the strategic town of Khan al-Asal last Monday, the Observatory said.
The town, located in northern Aleppo, has been a battlefield for months in the Syrian conflict since March, when the Syrian government accused the opposition of using chemical weapons there.
The alleged victory is the first the opposition has claimed in months. They suffered a major defeat in the border town of al- Qussair in June, and lost swaths of areas in central Homs province recently.
The latest development came after a U.S. Pentagon official recently warned that the Syrian conflict has severely deteriorated and could last “many, many months, to multiple years,” regardless of whether Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stays in power.