Jihadists seize Syria's Tabqa airport after bloody battle: NGO

An image made available by Jihadist media outlet Welayat Raqa allegedly shows members of the Islamic State militant group parading in a street in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqa on June 30, 2014Islamic State jihadists on Sunday won a bloody battle for Tabqa military airport, last stronghold of the Damascus regime in Syria’s northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group and state media said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 346 jihadists and 25 Syrian troops had been killed in the fighting at the airport since last Tuesday, with another 170 soldiers dying during fierce clashes on Sunday. “One hundred and seventy Syrian soldiers were killed on Sunday in the offensive which led to the IS jihadists seizing Tabqa airport,” the Observatory said in an email to AFP. Syrian state television said troops had staged an “evacuation” of the airport.

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