Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Assad Loses Yet One More Grip On Syria

The story comes from Al Arabiya.

Nusra Front in Syria take last army base in Idlib

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 on Wednesday.

Al-Nusra Front and allied Islamist groups had captured nearly all of the Abu Duhur military airport after a siege that lasted two years, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights 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 Islamist and militant forces, captured the Idlib provincial capital in March and has since driven Syria's military from most of the province.

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