Al Qaeda in Syria takes last regime base in Idlib

Qaeda in Syria takes last regime military base in Idlib

Al Qaeda in Syria takes last regime base in Idlib

World Bulletin / News Desk

Al-Qaeda's Syrian affiliate has seized control of the last military base held by the regime in the northwestern province of Idlib, a monitoring group said Wednesday.

Al-Nusra Front and allied armed groups captured the Abu Duhur military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

"After a violent attack that had been taking place since Monday, Al-Nusra Front and some other factions have taken nearly all of the Abu Duhur military airport," the Britain-based Observatory said.

Syrian state television also announced "the retreat of the army... which had protected the airport during a two-year-siege".

Rebel forces had seized the entrance to the airport and several positions on its outskirts in late August in an advance that began with suicide bombers on motorbikes.

The so-called "Army of Conquest", a collection of opposition forces, captured the Idlib provincial capital in March and has since driven Syria's military from most of the province.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime has been at war against different rebel groups for the past four years, in a conflict that has so far killed at least 240,000 people.



Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Eylül 2015, 12:16