Rebels seize key air base in Aleppo

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Rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar Assad have captured a key air base in the northern province of Aleppo after a months-long battle, a monitoring group reported Tuesday.

“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (jihadist group) and other opposition groups took total control at dawn today of Minnigh air base,” said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Rebel groups have been fighting loyalists for Minnigh air base for some eight months, as part of a battle in Aleppo province to stop the regime from using warplanes to strike areas in opposition hands.

Months earlier the rebels captured Al-Jarrah military airport and Base 80, also in Aleppo province. Aleppo International Airport and Nayrab and Kwayris air bases are still in loyalist hands.