Rebels torch Assad militia barracks

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IOL pic may9 syria violence Reuters File picture - Free Syrian Army fighters patrol a street in Qusair town near Homs city in northern Syria.

Amman - Syrian rebels torched a military barracks which opposition sources said was used as a training grounds for shabbiha militiamen loyal to President Bashar al-Assad on Friday in Damascus after a two-day siege, a witness said.

“The Saiqa (thunderbolt) barracks is now on fire. About 80 shabbiha and army who have been defending it have withdrawn,” Abu Ilizz, a resident of the district adjacent to the Council of Ministers building, said by telephone. - Reuters

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