Islamic State jihadists seize last Syrian army post in Raqa: NGO
Published on Aug 24, 2014 10:25 PM
BEIRUT (AFP) - Jihadists from the Islamic State (ISIS) group have seized the Tabqa military airport, the last remaining Syrian army base in northern Raqa province, a monitoring group and state media said Sunday.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said there were still clashes taking place on the outskirts of the airport, but that it was under control of the militants.
Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman said the bodies of "dozens" of Syrian troops killed in the battle for the airport were still inside the facility.
Syrian state television, meanwhile, said troops had staged an "evacuation" of the airport after heavy fighting.
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