Al Qaeda-linked jihadists seize two strategic bases from Syrian army

The Syrian army on Monday lost control of two strategic bases in the northwestern province of Idlib to co-ordinated assaults by Al Qaeda and other Islamist groups, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Al-Nusra Front, an Al Qaeda affiliate, seized Hamidiyeh and Wadi al-Deif bases in the biggest regime positions of Idlib in tandem with Islamist rebels from Jund al-Aqsa and Ahrar al-Sham.

The captures came a day after the groups took over seven government checkpoints in the area.

The Al-Nusra Front initially reported a lightning victory in Wadi al-Deif, putting large swathes of Idlib province, which borders Turkey, under jihadist control.

  • Exile1981

    That looks like a lot of AA gun for such a little toyota truck.

  • ntt1

    this will make thing easier for the tuks in their not so quiet campaign to help destry the Kurds the west should bomb targets in Syria as if the assad forces were neutralized ,which is pretty close to reality.

  • Hard Little Machine

    One dozen 1 kiloton neutron bombs carefully targeted.