Syrian Forces Break ISIS Siege on Airbase: State TV

by Ram Baghdadi /  / Updated 
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Syrian government forces walk in the village of Jabboul on the eastern outskirts of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo after taking control of the village from Islamic State (IS) group islamists on October 24, 2015. With the support of Russian air strikes, the army has recaptured territory south of the city in recent days and is seeking to break an IS siege of the Kweyris airbase to its east. GEORGE OURFALIAN / AFP - Getty Images

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Syrian forces have broken ISIS' more than two-year siege of an Aleppo airbase, state media reported Tuesday.

State television said the Syrian army was able to reach and meet with troops who have been defending the Kweires military base against an ISIS siege since 2013. The state-run broadcaster also ran footage of what it said was from inside the base.

"Army and armed forces unit eliminate large numbers of ISIS terrorists and make contact with the forces defending Kwairis Airport," read a banner on the state-run SANA news agency website.

Some 200 embattled Syrian soldiers have been trapped inside the air base fending off persistent attacks from ISIS, according to military sources.

News that the siege had been broken came after a monitoring group reported airstrikes in the vicinity of the base. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it was not clear if there had been any casualties.

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