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Syria rebels take key airbase, peace envoy downbeat

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Rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria on Friday, a watchdog said, in a significant advance, as talks between the UN peace envoy and US and Russian officials failed to make headway on ending the conflict. 

Syrian government helicopters are parked at a military base near the northern Syrian town of Taftanaz, in Idlib province, on November 9, 2012. Rebels overran Taftanaz airbase in northern Syria, a watchdog said, in a significant advance as talks between the UN peace envoy and US and Russian officials failed to make headway on ending the conflict.

"The fighting at Taftanaz military airport ended at 11:00 am (0900 GMT) and the base is entirely in rebel hands," said Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel Rahman.

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