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  • A Free Syrian Army fighter holds his weapon as he prepares himself for advance, close to a military base, near Azaz, Syria, on Dec. 10, 2012. The gains by rebel forces came as the European Union denounced the Syrian conflict, which activists say has killed more than 40,000 people. (Associated Press)

    Extremists among Syrian rebels who seized base

    Syrian rebels including Islamic extremists took full control of a sprawling military base Tuesday after a bloody two-day battle that killed 35 soldiers, activists said. It was the latest gain by opposition forces bolstered by an al Qaeda-linked group that has provided skilled fighters but raised concerns in the West.

  • In this Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 photo, a Syrian rebel recites verses of the Quran after clashes with troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad in Aleppo, Syria. As fears grow in the West that Assad will unleash chemical weapons as an act of desperation, NATO moved forward Thursday with its plan to place Patriot missiles and troops along Syria's border with Turkey to protect against potential attacks. (AP Photo/Narciso Contreras)

    Syrian rebels create new unified military command

    Syrian rebel commanders have elected a new 30-member leadership council and a chief of staff, a senior rebel said Saturday in a major step toward unifying the opposition that is fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.

  • In this Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 photo, a Syrian youth cries next to the truck holding the body his brother, killed by Syrian Army shelling, outside Dar al-Shifa hospital in Aleppo, Syria. (AP Photo/ Manu Brabo)

    Syria activists say jihadis seize missile base

    A shadowy jihadi group believed to be linked to al Qaeda fought alongside rebels who seized a government missile defense base in Syria on Friday, activists said, heightening fears that extremists are taking advantage of the chaos to acquire advanced weapons.

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