August 6, 2013
Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have
captured a key air base in the northern province of Aleppo after a
months-long battle, a monitoring group reported Tuesday.
“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (jihadist group) and other
opposition groups took total control at dawn today of Minnigh air base,”
said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Rebel groups have been fighting loyalists for Minnigh air base for
some eight months, as part of a battle in Aleppo province to stop the
regime from using warplanes to strike areas in opposition hands.
Rebels laid siege on Minnigh in December 2012, and have tried “dozens
of times” before to storm the airport, said the Britain-based
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