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فيلم ( تدمير ) 5 II  معركة اعزاز II مقبرة الدبابات +20
فيلم ( تدمير ) 5 II معركة اعزاز II مقبرة الدبابات +20
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Massive Monkees vs Jinjo Crew   R16 crew semi final battle 2012   YAK FILMS
Massive Monkees vs Jinjo Crew R16 crew semi final battle 2012 YAK FILMS
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Acts of Valor During the Crusades
Acts of Valor During the Crusades
DATE: 2012/01/16::
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Nueva matanza en la ciudad de Azaz (Alepo, Siria) - 28/9/2012
Nueva matanza en la ciudad de Azaz (Alepo, Siria) - 28/9/2012
DATE: 2012/09/28::
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Aleppo, Azaz|| Lifting a Child from under Rubble (15, August, 2012)
Aleppo, Azaz|| Lifting a Child from under Rubble (15, August, 2012)
DATE: 2012/08/16::
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Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 4 (10-02-12)
Hafiz Muhammad Saeed in Dawn News with Azaz Syed - 4 (10-02-12)
DATE: 2012/02/10::
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Syria rebels fight back in Azaz town amid heavy shelling
Syria rebels fight back in Azaz town amid heavy shelling
DATE: 2012/07/13::
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ضباط الجيش الحر وأولى لحظات تحرير اعزاز 19 7 2012
ضباط الجيش الحر وأولى لحظات تحرير اعزاز 19 7 2012
DATE: 2012/07/19::
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Update: battle rages for Syria
Update: battle rages for Syria's Damascus
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FNN Aleppo countryside A
FNN Aleppo countryside A'azaz the Free Syrian Army destroy a second tank 18 7 2012
DATE: 2012/07/22::
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WWIII Syria Damascus Battle of Marj Al-Sultan Syrian Army Counter Attack Cuts Off FSA Salient
WWIII Syria Damascus Battle of Marj Al-Sultan Syrian Army Counter Attack Cuts Off FSA Salient
DATE: 2012/12/04::
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Hunok azaz Hungárok/Hunnos sive Hungaros
Hunok azaz Hungárok/Hunnos sive Hungaros
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FNN Aleppo countryside A
FNN Aleppo countryside A'azaz destroying a tank high resolution 18 7 2012
DATE: 2012/07/22::
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Hunok - On the Path of Battles / Hadak útján
Hunok - On the Path of Battles / Hadak útján
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FNN Aleppo countryside A
FNN Aleppo countryside A'azaz Amro bin Al Aas take control of a tank in the city 22 7 2012
DATE: 2012/07/24::
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Syria - Aleppo - battles between protesters and Assad gangs 16/03/2012  "Deutsch Unten"
Syria - Aleppo - battles between protesters and Assad gangs 16/03/2012 "Deutsch Unten"
DATE: 2012/03/16::
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(05.06.2012) Azaz | Aleppo suburbs | A massacre made by Assad thugs in Azaz (+18)
(05.06.2012) Azaz | Aleppo suburbs | A massacre made by Assad thugs in Azaz (+18)
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FNN Syria A
FNN Syria A'azaz Free Syrian Army leader standing on a destroyed tank 17 7 2012
DATE: 2012/08/11::
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FNN Aleppo A'azaz exploding a tank and a car of ammunition by Amr Bin al A'as Battalion of FSA 16 07 2012
DATE: 2012/07/19::
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Syria War, Azaz Village 2012
Syria War, Azaz Village 2012
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FNN   Syria   Aleppo   Azaz   Artillery shelling from Mengh Airport   24 12 2012
FNN Syria Aleppo Azaz Artillery shelling from Mengh Airport 24 12 2012
DATE: 2013/01/16::
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Syria: how Azaz was taken by ISIS  (October 2013)
Syria: how Azaz was taken by ISIS (October 2013)
DATE: 2014/02/13::
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Syria War - Heavy Firefight In Intense Fighting For Menagh Airport
Syria War - Heavy Firefight In Intense Fighting For Menagh Airport
DATE: 2013/11/22::
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euronews reporter - 24 hours in the chaos of Aleppo
euronews reporter - 24 hours in the chaos of Aleppo
DATE: 2012/10/03::
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War crime? Syrian rebels execute POWs
War crime? Syrian rebels execute POWs
DATE: 2012/08/01::
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FNN Syria Al Atareb the heroes of Al Atareb Martyrs move toward the battle 20 10 2012
FNN Syria Al Atareb the heroes of Al Atareb Martyrs move toward the battle 20 10 2012
DATE: 2012/10/23::
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SNN | Syria | Deir Ezzor | Rocket Shelling Aftermath | Dec 13, 2012
SNN | Syria | Deir Ezzor | Rocket Shelling Aftermath | Dec 13, 2012
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FNN    Syria   Aleppo    Salaheddin    Corpses of Assad forces 10 8 2012
FNN Syria Aleppo Salaheddin Corpses of Assad forces 10 8 2012
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دوما 2 7 2012 أكوام من الجثث free syria  YouTube
دوما 2 7 2012 أكوام من الجثث free syria YouTube
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FNN Syria Azaz hovering of warplane in the sky of the city
FNN Syria Azaz hovering of warplane in the sky of the city
DATE: 2013/01/21::
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FNN   Syria   Homs   Old District   Houses destroyed by shelling   28 9 2012
FNN Syria Homs Old District Houses destroyed by shelling 28 9 2012
DATE: 2012/10/04::
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FNN    Aleppo Countryside   Deir Jamal    Tanks positioned shelling the town    29 6 2012
FNN Aleppo Countryside Deir Jamal Tanks positioned shelling the town 29 6 2012
DATE: 2012/07/02::
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Syria Army in Aleppo Capture 2 Tanks From Assad Regime 2012
Syria Army in Aleppo Capture 2 Tanks From Assad Regime 2012
DATE: 2012/08/24::
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FNN    Turkey    This the status of injuries Free Syrian Army members in Turkish Hospital 26 6 2012
FNN Turkey This the status of injuries Free Syrian Army members in Turkish Hospital 26 6 2012
DATE: 2012/06/29::
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Free Syrian Army soldiers head to Azaz
Free Syrian Army soldiers head to Azaz
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FNN Syria Halfaya martyrs of massacre +21 WARNING GRAPHIC 23 12 2012
FNN Syria Halfaya martyrs of massacre +21 WARNING GRAPHIC 23 12 2012
DATE: 2013/01/14::
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Syria  #17 Rebels in Mork Battle Regime Army Convoy on Highway 2-28-14 Hama
Syria #17 Rebels in Mork Battle Regime Army Convoy on Highway 2-28-14 Hama
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FNN   Syria   Homs   Jobar   21+ WARNING GRAPHIC   An FSA soldier wounded in battle   29 9 2012
FNN Syria Homs Jobar 21+ WARNING GRAPHIC An FSA soldier wounded in battle 29 9 2012
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AZAZ PARATA
AZAZ PARATA
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FNN Syria 'Azzaz the families escaping as they fear the helicopter MIG shelling 15 8 2012
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wahga border flag ceremony
wahga border flag ceremony
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FNN Syria Damascus military support for Assad forces from Midan to Nahr Eisha 22 8 2012
FNN Syria Damascus military support for Assad forces from Midan to Nahr Eisha 22 8 2012
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FNN SYRIA Clash between Assad  Army sniper and Free Army sniper 11 27 2012
FNN SYRIA Clash between Assad Army sniper and Free Army sniper 11 27 2012
DATE: 2012/12/13::
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FNN  Syria Aleppo  a report about the massacre at Dar al Shifaa Hospital  21 11 2012
FNN Syria Aleppo a report about the massacre at Dar al Shifaa Hospital 21 11 2012
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FNN   Aleppo   al Sakhour   An FSA tank fights off a helicopter   24 7 2012
FNN Aleppo al Sakhour An FSA tank fights off a helicopter 24 7 2012
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Syria فري برس  حلب   معارة الارتيق    قصف عنيف على البلدة 9 8 2012
Syria فري برس حلب معارة الارتيق قصف عنيف على البلدة 9 8 2012
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FNN   Syria   Aleppo   al Marjeh    21+ WARNING GRAPHIC   The martyr Abdullah al Shaghel   28 9 2012
FNN Syria Aleppo al Marjeh 21+ WARNING GRAPHIC The martyr Abdullah al Shaghel 28 9 2012
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FNN Syria Al Atareb Assad forces in the farms to steal crops daily 18 8 2012
FNN Syria Al Atareb Assad forces in the farms to steal crops daily 18 8 2012
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FNN Syria Hama Al Latamneh wounded & martyrs +21 WARNING GRAPHIC 20 12 2012
FNN Syria Hama Al Latamneh wounded & martyrs +21 WARNING GRAPHIC 20 12 2012
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Battle of Azaz
Part of the Syrian civil war
Azaz, Syria.jpg
Date 6 March – 23 July 2012
(4 months, 2 weeks and 3 days)
Location Azaz, Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Result Decisive Rebel victory
Belligerents

Flag of Syria (1932-1958; 1961-1963).svg Syrian opposition

Syria Syrian government

Units involved
Northern Storm Brigade[1]

5th Mechanized Division

  • 12th Armored Brigade
Strength
2,000+ 900 soldiers
20 tanks
Casualties and losses
125 killed 100+ soldiers killed
17 tanks destroyed

The Battle of Azaz was a battle between the Syrian Army and the Free Syrian Army for control of the city of Azaz, north of Aleppo, during the Syrian civil war.

The first Azaz offensive[edit]

By 6 March, the rebel Free Syrian Army had taken control of towns north of Aleppo and were attacking Azaz.[2] Subsequent, defections from the Syrian Army, following a crackdown in the wider Aleppo region against anti-government activists, led to the town becoming a battleground between the Syrian Army and the Free Syrian Army, made up of defectors and armed civilians in late March 2012.[3] Three soldiers were killed by the FSA in fighting in March.[4] On May 23, the government launched an assault on Azaz. As their armored columns approached the city from the west supported by helicopters and artillery, they encountered stiff rebel resistance from the combined forces of Ahrar alShamal Brigade and the Muthanna ibn Haritha Battalion. Over the next three days, government forces attempted to take rebel-held neighborhoods. By the evening of May 26, rebels pushed the government out of the city, destroying five armored vehicles in the process.[5]

The second Azaz offensive[edit]

At the beginning of July, the Assad government began its second major offensive operation in northern Aleppo. Once again, the focus of this offensive was Azaz, which the government began to shell on July 2. A week later, the Syrian observatory for Human Rights reported heavy clashes in several of the city's neighborhoods. The struggle for Azaz continued until July 19, when rebel groups finally re-established control of the city. The government retreated to Minnakh Air Base, which remained operational.[5] On 23 July, it was confirmed that the FSA had finally taken control of Azaz.[6] They said that 17 government tanks had been destroyed and one captured, although a journalist in the area counted 7 destroyed tanks.[7]

There is no video evidence of the battle itself to explain the mechanism of the rebels' success against government armor in this battle. However, a number of factors may have contributed to their success. One account of the clashes indicated that rebels used rocket propelled grenades against the tanks. If this is the case, then rebels in Azaz have cultivated substantial antiarmor tactical proficiency. RPGs are not typically capable of penetrating the thick armor of main battle tanks. As would have had to utilize complex tactics, carefully employing their anti-armor assets to achieve mobility kills before striking against weak points in the tanks' armor. The same account also points to the government blunders in the employment of its tanks, explaining that the government positioned its armored elements in a courtyard surrounding the mosque, pointing their guns outward towards the city in a defensive stance without infantry support aside from sniper over-watch from inside the mosque.[5]

Also critical to the rebels success was the quantity of ammunition they possessed. Thanks to Azaz's proximity to the Turkish border, rebels there could easily access weapons, ammunition, and reinforcements via the Kilis Border Crossing. The Tawhid Brigade claims to receive support from foreign states. A Tawhid Brigade spokesman in Azaz by the name of Abdulaziz Salama recently reported that the brigade received some 700 RPG rounds, 300 rifles, and 3,000 grenades in two shipments coordinated by the US and Turkey.[5]

Further developments[edit]

On 16 December, Syrian government warplanes bombed the town. Most of the bombs hit the centre of Azaz, around three kilometres (two miles) from the Turkish border in an area dominated by Syrian rebels, but at least one landed 500 metres from Turkish soil, one official said. It also stirred panic at a Syrian refugee camp just inside Turkey. Hundreds of residents from Azaz were trying to cross the border. Azaz was again hit from the air on 26 January 2013.[8]

References[edit]

Coordinates: 36°21′03″N 37°01′26″E / 36.3508°N 37.0239°E / 36.3508; 37.0239

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