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Syrian Rebels Offer up a Hit List of Targets

August 28, 2013

In case of a military intervention in Syria, the West will first need to strike air force facilities, a spokesman for the Free Syrian Army Mustafa Abdel Karim said at a meeting in Istanbul, Cihan agency reported on Wednesday.

According to Abdel Karim, the Free Syrian Army intends to give coalition forces a list of important sites in Syria, to which the first air strikes should be inflicted. Topping the list is the military airport at Al-Sin, which is the largest military airport in Syria. The Air Forces which consists of MiG 23s and MiG 29s is based there.

In addition, according to Abdel Karim, it is necessary to disable Dumair military airport, which is located 42 kilometers from Damascus. MiG 23, MiG 24, MiG 29 and air defense systems are also located in this airport.

Abdel Karim also noted that the third most important is a military airport in the city of Hama, located three kilometers from the city center. There are fighter jets, 21 MiGs, Mi 8s and Mi 3s in this airport. It is also necessary to strike at the military airport in the city of Homs, where are the MiG 25s and Sukhoi 24 bombers, Abdel Karim noted.

The list of objects to strike in Syria also includes a number of sites that host defense systems.

Some Western countries, as well as Turkey have already supported intervention in Syria following another escalation of the situation there. On August 21, Media outlets reported on a large-scale deployment of chemical weapons near Damascus by Syrian Government Troops.

According to preliminary data, there are over 600 victims of the attack. The National Coalition of the Syrian Opposition claims that the number of victims could reach 1,300 people. After the incident, the parties of the conflict repeatedly proclaimed their innocence and accused their opponents.

Earlier, the US president declared that the use of chemical weapon is a "red line" for the Assad regime. Media outlets reported on the preparation of the Navy and Air Force of these countries to begin intervention.

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