At least 100 fighters killed in Syria during storming of besieged airbase

BEIRUT – At least 100 soldiers and fighters were killed in northern Syria in just over 24 hours of fierce fighting earlier this week as pro-government forces reached an airbase that had long been besieged by Islamic State, a monitoring group said on Thursday. Most of those killed were Islamic State militants, followed by government forces and its allies, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. The breaking of the siege was the most high-profile military victory for Syria’s government since Russia intervened in the conflict with an air campaign on Sept. 30.



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