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Syrian dictator Assad's army, allied militia control air base in Idlib

Syrian dictator Assad's army, allied militia control air base in Idlib
Syrian troops and allied forces seized an air base in Idlib governorate, pressing their offensive into the country’s largest opposition stronghold, Reuters quoted state television as saying.

The governorate in northwest Syria has become a focal point of the war, with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad government forces taking scores of villages in recent weeks. With the help of Iran-backed militias and Russian air power, they advanced towards Abu al-Duhur military airport, where fighters had ousted the army in 2015.

Since mid-December, fighting has forced more than 212,000 people to flee their homes in the south of Idlib and nearby parts of Hama and Aleppo governorates, the UN said.

Ankara has warned the attacks will cause a new wave of migration, urging Russia and Iran to rein in the Syrian army offensive in Idlib, which borders Turkey.

Tahrir al-Sham, spearheaded by al-Qaeda’s former Syria branch, is now the dominant force in Idlib.

The army and allied militia took full control of the airport after heavy air strikes against the opposition.

The troops had stormed the base hours earlier.

The army offensive has pushed into Idlib along several fronts from rural Hama to the south and from Aleppo governorate to the east.

In recent weeks, Tahrir al-Sham had been simultaneously under attack at the corner of Idlib from ISIS, which has expanded a small pocket of territory in Hama since the army ousted it from central Syria last year.

Syria has only just begun to emerge from a devastating civil war that began in early 2011 when the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad regime cracked down on pro-democracy protests with unexpected ferocity.
Last Modified: Sunday، 21 January 2018 01:34 PM
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