Syrian rebels seize parts of strategic air base
Islamic militants fighting to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad seized parts of a strategic northwestern air base Thursday after weeks of battling government troops.


Opposition fighters and activists said rebels broke into Taftanaz air base, the biggest field for helicopters used to bomb rebel-held areas and deliver supplies for regime forces, Wednesday night and by Thursday had seized control of more than half of it. One activist said rebels had suffered losses and that the government bombed the air base from warplanes in a desperate attempt to push back rebels who seized several helicopters. (AP)