Syria: Insurgents Capture Kindi Barracks in Aleppo

Scott Lucas
By Scott Lucas December 20, 2013 18:41 Updated

Syria: Insurgents Capture Kindi Barracks in Aleppo

Insurgents have captured Kindi Hospital, converted into a regime military headquarters barracks, in Aleppo after a siege since April and months of attacks.

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:

Scott Lucas
By Scott Lucas December 20, 2013 18:41 Updated
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  1. Amberbock Mike O'Malley December 21, 03:12

    Yeah, sure, the 7th century wins again. No problem, they’re all people right? Beheading opponents and sodomizing the boys is not a consideration. After all they are not Assad supporters.
    Forward, Scott, forward! Islam rules.

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    • gunniy December 21, 18:06

      Who does not sell the massmurder Assad, sells millions.

      This context is clear and unambiguous. This context has nothing to do with those who had invented whatever religion in the 7th or 8th century.

      From the beginning the massmurder Assad was talking about terrorists while shot down peaceful protesters like hares.

      You think it’s “”more civilized and enlightened”” to kill with poison gas, barrel bombs and scud rockets ? Your job is to promote the modern methods of killing of crazy nationalists?

      How crazy is that?

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  2. RedTornadoes December 21, 00:46

    Re: going after airbases

    I think they’ve stepped up the campaign against Raqaa and Deir Ezzor lately for that reason. Aside from bringing down two airbases, taking those cities will allow an advane on Palmyra and some very critical airbases from two directions.

    As these holdouts you mention become increasingly dependent on air supply, it’s mainly thw copters that count–the same copters that drop the barrel bombs. So eliminating them does double duty, reducing attacks on civilians and making air supply as difficult as land supply, especially if the Saudis supply some manpads.

    One thing about those copters is they don’t require a major airbase. TOday three copters were reported flying from the defense factories (i.e. Al Safira) to Aleppo–no doubt for barrel bombing. I believe the pilots who carry out these missions and the officers who order them should be accountable for war crimes–the one area i count on extreme Islamists to do what is right (as compared to the FSA).
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  3. Richard Rittenburg December 20, 21:38

    another telling detail within the details of this story.

    The battle in general taken together with fighting in east damascus are indicators that the assad regime does not have enough soldiers to capture and hold land without sacrificing an equal or larger area somewhere else.

    But – within this story of the barracks is an airlift. A barracks in a major city. Cut off for long enough that supplies needed to be airlifted in. Airlifted in. Not driven with a cluster of bmp and soldiers. And soldiers desperate enough for supplies to go out after the airlifts and get shot.

    What this means to me is that assad manpower is approaching the next phase of evolution. When ba’ath had adequate manpower they would deploy in a homogenous fashion and try to provide uniform control over a maximum area. As the manpower thins they would evenly reduce without constricting. Next, they would constrict with focus on securing strategically valuable areas such as qalamoun, areas with airbases, and transport routes. Launching these offensives to turn strategic locations into hardened assets would expose a larger amount of real estate on the edges. The next step is for the rebels to clean out regime forces in between the hardened, reinforced clumps and then beseige and conquer the weaker bases that are cut off or remote.

    this battle – with an airlifting – it means we are approaching that phase of the conflict. The regime is being driven into concentrated areas of hardened reinforcement. The next step will be to lure out groups of fighters and eliminate them until the bases themselves are struggling to maintain existence. At the same time that ground troops are being thinned out, I would expect to see the rebels concentrate a large portion of their offensive efforts on eliminating functioning air bases and a great deal of their logistic efforts to providing relief for civilians.

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    • Syricide December 21, 06:04

      Interesting to see the article is entitled “Insurgents..” not FSA anymore. That ship has sailed. What we have now is a “simple war” insofar as that we are now clear there are two adversaries with two clearly identifiable ideologies. Secularism vs Sharia.

      But of course this news source will not address that or the fact that Syrians are secular by nature and that is clearly exemplified with the Syrian army being 80% SUNNI. It goes without saying then that this demographic is representation of the population. The people of Syria are secular by majority.

      Its a hard pill to swallow for news sources like which is clearly in the camp of “anyone but Assad”.

      No matter. This war will drag on. The Insurgents will not be victorious because the west will not allow it to be victorious. You know it, I know it. The ramifications are too far reaching. And certainly the Israeli time bomb wont allow it.

      As for military expert Mr Richard Rittenburg;’s comment .. sounds impressively exact but then you finished with “relief for the civilians..” which suggested to me you’ve mapped out this progress of this war on a RISK board game.

      You cant relate Islamic militia to “relief for civilians”. To do that proves you have been watching and listening.

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      • Alex December 21, 09:41

        you forget in your theory, the west can’t afford for the Saudis to cut Oil supply either, and when it comes to Oil or ASSad guess which be sacrificed

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      • Richard Rittenburg December 21, 15:39

        Let us be blunt, sharia will only replace assad mafia by failure of syrian people to oppose it.

        Why not sharia?
        Because every person, regardless of religion, likes to eat food.
        Syria and Lebanon do not have natural resources. Their only natural resource is location. They are THE crossroad of the mideast. In order to succeed as the trading hub they must be able to compromise with every race, religion, sect, language, and political affiliation. That is the christians. The sunni are too narrow minded and the shia are too insecure to fulfill the role. The christians are safe simply because they are Syria’s main economic resource. Alawi, not so much.

        relief to civilians?
        as the puddle of ba’ath dries up land routes from jordan and turkey will become secure. Jordan and turkey will be overjoyed to decrease their refugee burden. Some of the rebels care about common people and some don’t. Either way it is still strategically profitable for all parties to assist with aide.

        Don’t kid yourself about the west. They don’t want a shia crescent any more than saudi. A shia crescent with khamenie/IRG in charge is a formula for WW3.

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    • radioyaran December 21, 21:46

      “The battle in general taken together with fighting in east damascus are indicators that the assad regime does not have enough soldiers to capture and hold land without sacrificing an equal or larger area somewhere else. ”

      No offence meant, but “yawn” :-(
      This line of argumentation is nothing new. Rebels and their supporters have been predicting the regimes fall along exactly this same logic for more than a year now.

      It remains a FACT that not even the most die-hard pro rebel power-posters here can not ignore or debunk:
      With exception of Raqqa, the regime controls all provincial capitals. Aleppo is in rebel hands to an extent of 40-60% percent but this was already the case in August 2012 meaning that the rebels did not really proceed, despite their strongholds in Idlib being nearby and the rebel friendly turkish frontier behind them.
      Even more interesting is Raqqa. This only “liberated” city is firmly is Al Qaedas (ISIS) hand. Congratilations ;-)

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      • gunniy December 21, 22:42

        For the past 12 months, Bashar al-Assad’s bloody regime has been focused on the idea of defeating the armed opposition by resorting to military power.

        It thus strengthened its capabilities by acquiring more weapons and using the help of supporting troops from Iran, Iraq and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

        This is why battles have stalled and the regime has succeeded in remaining in governance for the entire year. Despite all the massive support the Syrian regime received, it failed to defeat the opposition which is still competing for control of the rest of the country’s cities and which once again besieged the capital and blocked the road to the airport.

        Practically, the regime’s plan failed and it is no longer easy for its Iranian and Russian allies to send more troops and arms as there is no hope on the horizon.

        One thing is certain: The fall of Assad is simply a matter of time.

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