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Largest Syrian Brigade Nears Breaking Point

Rebels trying to smash 52nd Armored Brigade at Dera'a in southern Syria.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 5/16/2013, 8:21 PM

Rebels clash with Syrian government forces
Rebels clash with Syrian government forces
AFP file

Numerous units from the rebel Syrian army have been trying since the morning hours Thursday to smash the 52nd Armored Brigade of the Syria army, Arab news sources reported.

The 52nd Armored Brigade is the main fighting force in the Dera'a area in southern Syria.

Some reports say that the rebels have achieved partial control of the region. The 232nd Battalion has reportedly fallen into rebel hands. This means that the largest armored brigade in the Syria army is near its breaking point.

Al-Ahbar of Kuwait reported that rebels used light arms to bring down a surveillance UAV belonging to the Syrian Air Force in the streets of Homs. The UAV had been assisting Hizbullah ground forces near Al-Kutzair.