BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:48 P.M.) – Elite forces of the Syrian Arab Army have wrested control of the strategic Abu Duhur military airport from jihadist-led rebel militias in the eastern countryside of Idlib province.
Sources exclusive to Al-Masdar News report that elite troops of the Syrian Arab Army have seized the Abu Duhur airbase – located on the provincial borders of Idlib and Aleppo – from Islamist militants after entering the strategic military site just several hours ago.
By this advance, the Syrian Arab Army has completed the first main objective of its offensive operation in Idlib after breaking through rebel defenses across the region almost one month ago, laying claim to nearly 150 towns and villages in the process.
The development comes on the same day that Syrian pro-government forces in southern Aleppo linked up with army units near the Abu Duhur airbase.
The re-claiming of Abu Duhur by the Syrian Army marks 28 months since it lost the base to rebel forces who executed all of the troops (71 in total) that fell into their captivity.