Syrian troops capture northern village from Islamic State
Syrian troops have seized a northern village from Islamic State in an advance towards an air base besieged by the extremists for more than a year.
Troops and pro-government gunmen captured the village of Sheikh Ahmad in Aleppo province on Monday, according to state news agency Sana.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said troops captured the village and advanced to a point some two kilometres (1.3 miles) from Kweiras air base.
The Observatory, which relies on local activists, said troops advanced under the cover of Russian and Syrian airstrikes.
Breaking the siege imposed on Kweiras nearly two years ago would be a major success for government forces, who launched a multi-pronged offensive after Russia began carrying out airstrikes on September 30.