The Observatory said the Islamic State group launched two suicide attacks

23 Aug 2014 03:13
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The Observatory said the Islamic State group launched two suicide attacks on Wednesday but failed to break into the air base. The Observatory's chief Rami Abdurrahman said Islamic State fighters attacking the air base are led by Omar al-Shishani, one of the group's most prominent military figures.

The air base is one of the most significant military facilities in the area, containing several warplanes, helicopters, tanks, m-shoesbox and ammunition.

Last month, Islamic State fighters overran the Division 17 military base in Raqqa, killing at least 85 soldiers. Two weeks later, the extremists seized the nearby Brigade 93 base after days of heavy fighting.

Since July, following their blitz across Iraq and after they declared a self-styled caliphate straddling the Iraq-Syria border, Islamic State fighters have methodically picked off isolated government bases in northern and eastern Syria, killing and decapitating army commanders and pro-government militiamen.

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