U.S. backed Syrian rebel forces take over airport near IS held border town with Iraq: monitor

June 29, 2016 4:57 AM

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AMMAN U.S.-backed Syrian rebel fighters helped by Western-backed special forces seized a military airport held by Islamic State militants close to their strategic stronghold of Al-Bukamal near the Iraqi border, a monitor said on Wednesday.

The U.K.-based Observatory for Human Rights said the operation, which involved foreign paratroopers landing by helicopters, took place at dawn. Heavy clashes were underway, with militants dug in at the Hamadan airport, 5 km (3 miles) northwest of Al-Bukamal.

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