Saturday, Nov 29, 2014Saturday, Nov 29, 2014
World
 

Islamic State jihadists seize last Syrian army post in Raqa: NGO

Published on Aug 24, 2014 10:25 PM
 
Smoke rises during what activists said was an air raid by warplanes operated by forces of Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad around al-Tabqa military base at a government-controlled airport that is surrounded by militants, west of Raqa city, on Aug 21, 2014. 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 on Sunday, Aug 24. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
If you are not a subscriber, you can get instant, unlimited access here

Videos