Rebels over­run key Aleppo base

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Rebels seized con­trol of a key air base in Aleppo prov­ince on Tues­day, mark­ing an­other ma­jor ad­vance af­ter over­run­ning a string of vil­lages in Latakia prov­ince, the heart­land of Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s Alaw­ite sect. The rebel suc­cesses come af­ter a string of bat­tle­field set­backs in re­cent months at the hands of govern­ment forces in the cen­tral city of Homs and in the town of Qusayr in Homs prov­ince.

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