July 29th, 2012
05:29 PM ET

CNN's Ivan Watson inside Syria: Rebels attack army base

CNN’s Ivan Watson reported from northern Syria on Sunday, where he witnessed rebel fighters launch an offensive against a Syrian army base north of Aleppo.

“The offensive began around sunset, and we’ve been watching a constant stream of tracer fire emerging from the location where the Syrian army base is,” Watson said.

Aleppo is a key city in the ongoing battles between the Free Syrian Army and President Bashar Al-Assad’s regime. It has been embroiled in bloodshed since since rebels burned a police a station and spurred fights in the city Wednesday. In response, the Syrian government launched a violent offensive on Saturday.

Watson describes what appears to be a well-coordinated offensive organized by a rebel unit called the "Unity Brigade” against a Syrian military stronghold. This is despite the rebels' frequent claims that they do not have sufficient artillery to fight off the government army.

“I was able to see one of their ammo dumps last night with one of their commanders,” Watson said of the rebels. “He had boxes and boxes of, especially, rocket propelled grenade rounds - they’re the cones that go on the tips of rocket propelled grenade launchers - as well as heavy machine gun rounds.”

Watson said the ammo had “clearly” come from neighboring Turkey, though fighters denied it.

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The base is between what Watson described as the battle-scarred, rebel-held town of Anadan and a nearby neighborhood.

Watson said he saw tracer fire that was “at times firing out in three separate directions simultaneously.” He said he was “also seeing explosions and blasts and what appears to be support heavy artillery being fired from Aleppo itself.”

Though Watson said the government army base clearly has heavier weapons, the rebels appeared to have it surrounded.

“I imagine it’s a very scary evening inside that army base right now,” he said.

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  1. carbide scribe

    Even a rebellion with right on its side is no match for heavy weapons.
    It is time to reduce the number and type of guns a person can own in the United States. Make hunters kill and eat at least one animal per year. Otherwise take their guns away. There is an absolutely clear connection between less guns and less gun violence.
    If you make the argument that having a cache of small arms in your house would prevent a government of drones and 30,000 pound bombs from becoming tyrannical. You might as well think again.
    This isn't 1776.
    People must live in peace, with good will towards others. It starts by removing the instruments of death from all societies.
    It is time to become a progressive, abundance minded, world civilization.

    July 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      sorry carbide, you're forgetting about rights to bare arms...your connections are contrived...it has been already prophesied next war will be stateside by foreign invaders...the american people shall be ready...

      July 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • carbide scribe

      Hey rascal,
      Change will come. The world will get better. Might as well start talking about it now.
      Could there be anything more contrived than a prophecy?

      July 29, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      seriously do you really believe world leaders today are foolish enough to tread without prophetic advisors...

      July 29, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived
      2 Tim 3:13 (KJV)

      This my dear friend is why we have Guns

      July 29, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Common sense.

      Murder has been illegal for thousands of years, but that hasn't stop a single murder. All guns do is level the playing field. A woman with a gun is no less at an advantage than a man with a gun.

      July 30, 2012 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  2. carbide scribe

    So manage the land with tax on those who use it. And you are right. Hunters should just have to prove they hunt animals. Not necessary kill one. My apologies.

    July 29, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stan

    Ivan – when army comes after your terrorist friends – make sure not to worry about your shoes. Just run.

    July 29, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    @carbide scribe,@Hide Behind
    I have to agree with both of you. With @scribe that we have to have better gun control laws the terrorist Mr.Holmes reminded us once again.
    With@Hide Behind on, us the 'wimpy' public for letting the govt bamboozle us into being led by our proverbial noses to a path of self destruction " letting govt declare illegal wars............."

    July 29, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Floyd

      How's that working in Chicago.. One of the meanest gun laws in the Nation, and still, people are getting killed by the dozens every week end..

      and you want me to give up mine..

      You Have got to be Kidding ......RIGHT!!!

      July 29, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |

    Hunters need not prove anything to anyone. what has been proven is that those with mushed out backbones of many within US society have given up the ability to think as a free people.
    You say tax, why is there something you want someone else to partially pay for.
    Just be thankfull that they are ripping the guts out of our resorces or this nation would be no more well off than those African and ME/Central Asia nations we are at present invading.
    Someone has to pay for all the trillions borrowed as in the main US produces only War and has ben that way for two decades now.
    Those trillions in the main propped uo the middle class and not the 2%tile group.
    No foreign powers need invade we would sell them whole nation for a temporary good paying job. and in fact in 20 years. of recent past we sold over 9 trillion dollars of once US owned property and assets into foreign hands.
    No and thank goodness for the drones in this land who would rather die hiding. with hands out than worry about whose flags we owe our jobs to.

    July 29, 2012 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. james ainoris

    If guns r outlawed...only outlaws have guns.... its a moot issue proven in every country known. Maybe a hunting shotgun cant help you from military planes...but it will make evil invaders from simply taking you home wife and kids. In Israel We almost all have automatic weapons. I just came back from a settlement where kindergarten teachers had fully loaded automatic assault rifles on their sides while teaching...this has been done since arabs attacked and massacred children in kibbutz schools back in 48'. The swiss also all have autoweapons under law everyone has one in their home. One thing that frightens me now is that alot of the wmd from iraq came into syria....very nasty gas es and bio stuff made in europe. There is credable info tha germany ,france and england sold syria (lately) more of this stuff... Remmember before last Iraq war hundreds of trucks crossing desert to syria? Ice cream?baby formula? I only pray they dont use this horrible stuff again..in desperation losing dictators. james ainoris

    July 29, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      I say, "KILL Assad, ask questions, later."

      What a sore excuse for oxygen!

      The nerve of the Whitehiuse to leave
      those people waiting.

      Their drones?

      Good for forty miles...


      Now, what?

      July 30, 2012 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. A Drunk Guy

    Only in America where they hunt on a full stomach

    July 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |

    Is what is happening in Syria a Revolution or coup, or is it neither one?

    When one knows that media has an agenda. how can one tell what is the reality of a conflict compared to the "spin" put on it by that media?

    It is asking an awfull lot of the public to just swallow what any US news organization presents in a way other than as entertainment value.
    The media corporates do gain added value to their product. and profits, by acting in behest of our political/military/ scientific and indudtrial

    July 30, 2012 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Hope

      Its called a revolutionary coup, imho.

      And for good reason.




      July 30, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 30, 2012 at 2:34 am | Report abuse |
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