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June 21, 2012 12:00 AM

Some rebels wonder if Syrian troops’ poor use of tanks, helicopters is intentional

The Syrian military, whose advantage in heavy equipment has been emphasized repeatedly by critics of the government of President Bashar Assad, rarely uses its tanks and helicopters effectively in combat against rebel forces, a shortcoming so consistent that it raises the question of whether some pilots and troops may be intentionally missing when they target rebel positions.

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