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November 28th, 2012
06:56 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: Syrian opposition down jet, gaining ground

Syrian opposition fighters say they shot down three regime military aircraft in the past 24 hours, including a MiG fighter jet. They've posted two videos online to support their claims. One shows a bloodied pilot.

Tonight you'll hear from CNN's Arwa Damon, who's inside Syria and went to one of the crash sites today. She saw villagers rejoicing at what appears to be a major victory for the opposition. She said people were carrying around pieces of military aircraft as "trophies of war." Even children were proudly showing off sizable chunks of metal.

The downing of the regime air power could be related to the opposition seizing control of the Syrian Air Force headquarters. Opposition fighters captured a "treasure trove" of weaponry by gaining control of the base, Damon said. This includes hundreds of anti-aircraft missiles and heavy machine guns.

As Damon travels around Syria many people are telling her the balance is beginning to "ever so slightly shift" in favor of the opposition. But they also say they need help to achieve their ultimate goal - the removal of Assad's regime.

Watch some of Damon's interview with Wolf Blitzer and get her full report tonight at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.


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