Syrian rebels have turned to a new tactic in trying to eliminate the threat posed by helicopter gun ships and jet fighters loyal to President Assad.
Instead of trying to knock them out of the sky the rebels have begun attacking the airfields where the aircraft are stationed.
This week Lt. Col. Mann al-Mansour, a former member of the Syrian air force, now turned rebel leader, led a four hour attack on a military air base he used to be stationed at.
During the course of the battle rebel forces hammered the base with mortars and rocket propelled grenades for over four hours before being driven off by strafing and bombing runs from government jets.
The air strikes have sent hundreds of thousands fleeing for the dubious safety of the Turkish border.