The intense firefights at the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport have not dissipated in the last 48 hours, as the Syrian Al-Qaeda faction “Jabhat Al-Nusra” and their affiliate group “Jund Al-Aqsa” have taken control of the base

Jabhat Al-Nusra and Jund Al-Aqsa have entered the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport; however, news of its complete capture was prematurely announced by social media activists from the Syrian Opposition; it was captured this morning after the Syrian Armed Forces withdrew to the outskirts.

The primary forces combatting the Al-Qaeda militants are Liwaa Suqour Al-Daher (Al-Daher Hawks Brigade), the National Defense Forces (NDF), and the Syrian Arab Army (SAA).

Liwaa Suqour Al-Daher is comprised of local fighters from the Idlib Governorate that have taken up arms against the Islamist rebel factions; this group is led by “Abu Al-Jarrah” – a native of Idlib City that once served in the Syrian Arab Army’s Air Defense unit.

However, much to the surprise of the Al-Qaeda militants, the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport does not only house soldiers from the National Defense Forces, Syrian Air Defense, and Liwaa Suqour Al-Daher; this base also houses civilians from nearby villages that assisted the Syrian Armed Forces.

The civilians inside the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport are mostly from the nearby villages of Abu Al-Dhuhour (west of the airport) and Tal Salmu (south of the airport).

The number of military personnel inside the Abu Al-Dhuhour Military Airport is estimated between 600-700 soldiers.

Photos from the Suqour Al-Daher Brigades show that the Syrian Armed Forces are outside the airport, while only a few men stayed inside to allow for their comrades to withdraw.

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Daahireeto Mohamud
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Daahireeto Mohamud

It was just days before when Lieth was talking about SAA withdrawal strategy, now it seems the terrorists have taken advantage of current strom hitting Syria, but does’nt the SAA has contigent strategy in such situations? I think SAA general staff has questions to anwser.

Lars Palapies
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Lars Palapies

“Withdrawing” soldiers were in fact slaughtered by the dozen, with up to 200 now in the hands of rebels.