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Video: Syrian Rebels Capture Government Radar Site

by John Reed on June 28, 2012

Well then. Less than a week after Syrian government air defenses shot down a Turkish RF-4 Phantom recconnaisance jet, Syrian rebels appear to have seiezed a government radar station.

The video below, apparently filmed on June 26, shows Syrian rebels combing through the ruins of a freshly captured radar site in the hills around Idilb, which lies about 10–15 miles away from Syria’s Border with Turkey. WHo knows what kind of intelligence they were able to glean from the base or if they were able to hold the radar installation, unlike this surface-to-air missile site.

This comes as rumors, emphasis on the word rumors, circulate that NATO special operations troops are beginning to covertly make their way into Syria.

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Lance June 28, 2012 at 4:12 pm

While this may be BIG for the Islamist rebels who captured a isolated SAM site and probably had to withdraw when Army troops countered attacked to regain it. For the overall situation it doesn't matter. Overall the Army destroys the radar before any Islamist techiction come from Turkey to operate the radar for the rebels defense. Think they poster for American audiences states some BIG WHOPPERS the radar site is NOT a airbase.

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Tad June 28, 2012 at 4:22 pm

I wonder if this place was a pile of rubble before the rebels ever did anything to it. Sometimes in the ME rubble is the normal state of affairs.

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Joe June 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

I think nato special operations forces have BEEN in syria for quite some time and in jordan and northern iraq training the frappin rebels.

What a coincidence these anomyous rebels (Some armed with brand new kraut machineguns) have made no serious anouncements, nor do they have a public face to the world. And everyone is busy decrying ANY action by the syrian govt while paying little notice to any 'rebel' bombings etc.

Waiting now for a US surveillance plane to be fired upon, or a destroyer to be engaged by 'syrian' gunboats.

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Russ June 28, 2012 at 6:18 pm

Yeah maybe in the Gulf of Tonkin….oh wait…..lol. Yeah it sure seems like they are building up to a Tonkin like event for justification. I really thought the RF-4 was the thing they were going to use as a way in but the way it is moving so slow I think something has to happen to U.S. assets before anything major will happen. That or something more to Turkish assets, in that event, Turkish units on the border would prolly roll in for a holiday excursion.

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Joe June 28, 2012 at 6:59 pm

the turks…dont make me laugh.last war they fought was in cyprus 1974 and look how that ended…

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blight_ June 28, 2012 at 7:03 pm

1974 is not 2012

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Joe June 29, 2012 at 10:59 am

right the turkish military became more efficient in the past 30+ years? Just like the US military?

Musson June 29, 2012 at 8:56 am

I can't believe we have a super secret force of allied troops in Syria – because I have not read about it in the front pages of the Washington Post!

Every other secret thing we have done lately has ended up there. In detail.

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Joe June 29, 2012 at 11:00 am

Have to wait for a member of the obama staff to leak the details in order to make the obamanation look more presidential and tough on terror.

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miles June 28, 2012 at 4:32 pm

But the Syrian Gov has one less SAM sight.

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Nick June 28, 2012 at 4:43 pm

Dude, cut your fingernails, that is just gross.

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Russ June 28, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Did you see the fingernails on the cameraman? Jeez either he has no clippers or he's related to Wolverine!! Dont mess with a Syrian freedom fighter with nails like that!

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blight_ June 28, 2012 at 6:14 pm

http://geimint.blogspot.com/2007/09/syrian-sam-ne… doesn't cover Idilb If anything, it's a conspicuous blackhole on the charts.

Then again, much may have changed in the years, or they just moved it after being outed.

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Will June 28, 2012 at 6:36 pm

The post implies the value of the radar station to the rebels is in the intel that was there. The value may be in putting a hole in radar coverage of the Syrian-Turkish border, making it easier to penetrate the border with aircraft. If that's so, it's unnecessary for the rebels to hold the site – they would only have to discourage the Syrian government forces from putting it back into use.

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miles June 28, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Any one know what's in those crates?

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aipe June 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Machine gun ammo (RPD)

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WulfTheSaxon June 29, 2012 at 3:59 am

First a SAM site, now a radar? Are they trying to encourage NATO to come in? o.O

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Joseph June 30, 2012 at 8:20 am

Why nobody is talking about the amazing image stabilization system? I never saw it before!! This is not filmed with a regular camcoder!

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Ben June 30, 2012 at 11:20 am

It was probably a raw video that popped up on a less traveled website and was downloaded then put into a stabilization system like that of adobe and re-uploaded.

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Joseph July 1, 2012 at 8:55 am

I’m pretty sure that the video was made with an optical stabilitation (not digital) and probably with a portable steadicam like this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-j3mUTQrkI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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Steven Oliver July 9, 2012 at 11:52 am

Did no one else notice the camera guy's crack nail right around the 1 minute mark??

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Joe Schmoe June 29, 2012 at 2:41 am

Definitely an SA-2 or SA-3 site.

Though it looks unused for a very long time, could be an abandoned site left as a diversion for any SEAD's.

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SJE June 29, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Could be, but Syria is tearing itself apart. It makes more sense that it was just abandoned.

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