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January 21, 2022

Syrian rebels, foreigners take over regime air base

Syrian rebels and an al-Qaeda-affiliated group have captured a government air base near the key city of Aleppo, an opposition group said, according to CNN. “Early dawn today, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and some rebel battalions took full control of the Menagh air base,” the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday. “The start of this new offensive started yesterday when two non-Syrian nationals blew themselves up in an armored vehicle in front of the command center of the Menagh air base,” the group added. The SOHR said one suicide bomber was a Saudi Arabian. Fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and various rebel battalions destroyed several tanks and killed a number of regime soldiers, the observatory said. At least 10 rebel fighters, including foreigners, were also killed, the group added The Islamic State of Iraq is the rebranded name for Al Qaeda in Iraq. The group changed its name after its founder, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, was killed by a U.S. missile strike in 2006.

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