Syrian rebels reach regime-held military base south of Idlib

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Syrian rebels in the countryside of Idlib. File photo

ARA News 

Aleppo, Syria – Syrian rebel fighters and allies from the al-Nusra Front advanced on a regime military base in the province of Idlib in northwestern Syria on Friday. 

According to military sources, rebels backed by Nusra (Syrian branch of al-Qaeda) were engaged in fierce clashes with pro-regime forces in northwestern Idlib for the last two days.

“After a tactical operation by our forces, we were able to reach the vicinity of the Mastura military base,” Abu Musa al-Idlibi, a rebel fighter from the al-Fatih Army, told ARA News.

Mastura (7km south of Idlib city) is considered the biggest regime-held military base in the province of Idlib. 

The Syrian opposition forces of the al-Fatih Army (an umbrella for several Islamist factions, FSA battalions and the al-Nusra Front) seized last week the entire city of Idlib. 

According to reports with the fall of the city of  Idlib, pro-Assad forces in the province are only in control of two towns and few districts, along with the Abu Duhur military airport and five military bases.

Reporting by: Jiwan Malla Ali 

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