ISIS to capture new Syrian military airport near Homs

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Militants of the Islamic State. File photo

ARA News

Aleppo, Syria – Militant fighters of the Islamic State group (IS/ISIL) carried out two suicide attacks in the vicinity of the regime-held “T-4 military airport” (90 km east of Homs) in central Syria, local activists reported.

Speaking to ARA News, Ahmed Khaled, a media activist based in the countryside of Palmyra, said that IS militants targeted the T-4 military airport by two suiciders wearing explosive belts in an attempt to break into the airport and take control of it.

Khaled pointed out that the Syrian regime forces are striving to deter the IS-led attack on the airport. 

The extremist group was able to take control of the ancient city of Palmyra on Thursday. The group’s advancement came after the withdrawal of the pro-Assad forces.

The T-4 military airport, one of the largest military airports in Syria, is equipped to host different models of military aircraft, such as MiG-29 and Sukhoi 35. The airport is protected by an armed force provided with medium and heavy weapons, including tanks T-82. 

Over the past two years, IS group was able to take over several military airports from the regime such as the Tabqa airport in Raqqa province, in northeastern Syria.

 

Reporting by: Taim Khalil

Source: ARA News

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