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Syria - Mar 11, 2012 - 08:29

Last modified: 11 Mar 2012 05:29

Speaking to Al Jazeera from the Turkish-Syrian border, Riad al-Assad, commander of the Free Syrian Army, an armed opposition faction, said that the group was making gains against government forces.

 "While dealing with these brute forces and criminal, we managed to hit one of their helicopters and destroy six tanks. Also 30 men from the regime's armed forces have defected with two tanks," he said.

And Robert Baer, a former CIA case officer, told Al Jazeera that Syrian opposition fighters are still "outgunned."