Friday, January 11, 2013

Syria rebels capture key Idlib airbase

After days of fierce fighting, Jabhat al-Nusra and other rebels groups storm Taftanaz airbase in northern province.


"Syrian opposition fighters have overrun Taftanaz airbase, the largest in northern Syria, after several days of fierce combat, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has said.

Anti-government activists said fighters from Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups opposed to President Bashar al-Assad seized control of buildings, ammunition and military equipment in the sprawling Taftanaz airbase in northern Idlib province on Friday.

"The fighting at Taftanaz military airport ended at 11:00 am (09:00 GMT) and the base is entirely in rebel hands," said Rami Abdel Rahman, the director of the UK-based rights group, on Friday.

"Many regime forces have been killed and most of the soldiers and officers fled at dawn," he told the AFP news agency by phone."

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