10 Jan '18, 8pm

Syrian troops reach gates of Abu Dhuhur rebel-held air base

BEIRUT — Syrian pro-government forces reached a sprawling air base controlled by rebels since 2015 on Wednesday, the target of a wide-ranging offensive in the northwestern Idlib province. Recapturing the Abu Zuhour air base has been one of the main goals of the government offensive launched in late October. The operations also aim to secure the road linking the capital, Damascus, with the northern city of Aleppo, Syria's largest. The government-controlled Syrian Central Military Media said troops were engaged in fierce fighting with al-Qaida-linked militants and other insurgents just outside Abu Zuhour. The government offensive in the region has displaced tens of thousands of people, who have fled toward areas close to the Turkish border. The push into Idlib province, the largest remaining territory held by rebels in Syria, is the deepest by the government since it lost mu...

Full article: https://www.stripes.com/news/middle-east/syrian-troops-re...

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