Islamic State controls military airport after clashes with pro-Assad forces

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Al-Tabqa military airport in Raqqa countryside. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – After clashes with pro-Assad military forces on Sunday, militants of the Islamic State (IS) dominated the military airport of Tabqa near the city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria.

Tabqa military airport was the last stronghold of the Syrian regime in Raqqa province. The airport fell under IS control after five consecutive days of clashes with the regime military forces.

The Media Office of Raqqa State (affiliated with IS) announced on Sunday the group’s control over the entire military airport of Tabqa after storming its walls and carrying out several suicide operations.

The IS-linked Media Office also reported that the residents of the area celebrated IS victory by taking over the entire province of Raqqa after forcing both the rebels and the pro-Assad forces to withdraw from the province.

Speaking to ARA News on the phone, Kh. M., a resident of Raqqa, said that the city of Raqqa is encountering heavy shooting in the streets by militants of the Islamic State (IS) and its supporters, to celebrate what they call “the liberation of Tabqa military airport”.

Meanwhile, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported the death of at least 100 fighters from the Islamic State and the injury of more than 300 others, some of them are seriously affected. On the other hand, at least 25 members of the pro-regime forces and loyal gunmen were killed as were dozens of others during the clashes in the vicinity of Tabqa military airport.

 

Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar

Source: ARA News

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