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Monday, July 25, 2011     INTELLIGENCE BRIEFING

Reports: Syrian rebels bomb Army War College

NICOSIA — The revolt against President Bashar Assad has again targeted the Syrian military.


Opposition sources said a key Syrian Army facility was targeted by Islamist rebels. They said the Syrian Army War College in Homs was bombed on July 23 and many were injured.

"There seemed to have been a battle inside and we saw many people taken away by ambulance," an opposition source said. "The bombs seemed to resemble that of tank fire."

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This marked the second major strike on a Syrian military installation in less than a month. Earlier in July, a Syrian Army intelligence outpost was overrun by rebels near the border with Iraq.

The military college is located in the Waer district in Homs, an area dominated by Sunnis. The sources said at least six bombs were detonated in the war college.

The London-based A-Sharq Al Awsat daily, quoting witnesses in Homs, said 50 military cadets escaped the college after the bombings. The newspaper said the cadets changed into civilian clothes and fled.

The Assad regime has not confirmed the attack on the military college. The regime, however, has denied opposition reports of defections from the military.

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