IS jihadists seize military airport in Syria - the last stronghold of Damascus regime in northern province
Published on Aug 25, 2014 2:29 AM
BEIRUT (AFP) - Islamic State jihadists on Sunday won a bloody battle for Tabqa military airport, last stronghold of the Damascus regime in Syria’s northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group and state media said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 346 jihadists and 25 Syrian troops had been killed in the fighting at the airport since last Tuesday, with another 170 soldiers dying during fierce clashes on Sunday.
“One hundred and seventy Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in the offensive which led to the IS jihadists seizing Tabqa airport,” the Observatory said in an email to AFP.
Syrian state television said troops had staged an “evacuation” of the airport.
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