The Islamic Front unit Liwa al-Tawhid reported the takeover, carried out together with IF’s Ahrar al-Sham units and support from the Islamist faction Jabhat al-Nusra.
Liwa al-Tawhid claimed dozens of Syrian troops were killed and that they captured significant amounts of equipment and weapons, even tanks. Some officers have been taken prisoner-of-war.
The Local Coordination Committees have confirmed the news of the victory.
Moments after the capture:
In the last phase of the attacks, insurgents cut off air supplies, seizing water, fuel, and food from the containers which fell around the buildings. Regime forces trying to retrieve them were killed.
Insurgents hit the complex with two vehicle bombs and shelled throughout Friday. Fighting was intense and room-by-room this morning.
Interview with an insurgent as the building was taken:
Official announcement of the attacks on December 3:
A vehicle bomb attack on December 4: