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Tuesday, 11 December 2012 - 11:45
Jihadists seize key north Syria army base
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Jihadists led by the radical Al-Nusra Front seized a strategic army base in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo on Monday, in a fresh setback for President Bashar al-Assad's regime.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also reported clashes in a northern Damascus district, the fiercest in the area since a revolt against Assad broke out in March 2001.

On the political front, the EU gave a vital boost to the newly-formed Syrian opposition coalition, describing it as the "legitimate representatives" of the Syrian people following talks in Brussels with its leader Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib.

Previously the EU recognised the opposition coalition as "legitimate representatives of the aspirations of the Syrian people," falling short of recognising it outright as a potential successor to Assad's regime.

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