Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Extremists 'killed' near airbase

Syrian government troops loyal to Bashar Assad have inflicted casualties on extremists at an airbase, it is reported

Dozens of Islamic extremists have been killed in fighting around a northern military base, activists and Syrian state media reported.

Syria's state news agency Sana quoted an unnamed military official as saying that "large numbers of terrorists were wiped out" today near the Tabqa air base in the northern province of Raqqa.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the death toll among fighters from the Islamic State group is at least 11 and possibly as many as "tens".

Beirut-based Al-Mayadeen TV said more than 150 members of the Islamic State were killed in an ambush near the air base.

The base is the last army position in Raqqa province that is still under government control.

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