ISIS attacks govt airbase in eastern Syria

December 5, 2014 1:19 AM

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BEIRUT: ISIS militants have launched an attack overnight on a major military air base in eastern Syria in what looked to be a push to eliminate the last significant government outpost in the extremist-dominated region, activists said on Thursday.

The airfield just outside the city of Deir el-Zour is a key military facility for President Bashar Assad, giving his warplanes a hub from which to bomb ISIS-held cities and towns across much of eastern Syria. For the ISIS group, capturing the airport would eliminate the remaining pocket of resistanc...

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