Islamic State militants capture key Syrian air base - giving them open road to the sea and massive store of weapons and ammunition

  • Jihadists began long-anticipated attack on sprawling Tabqa base last week
  • Militants reportedly killed dozens of soldiers as they seized control today
  • It means Raqqa province is entirely out of control of the Syrian government

 

 

Dan Bloom
The Daily Mail
24 August 2014

Islamic State militants have seized a major Syrian air base, wiping out the last government stronghold in a province dominated by jihadists.

The extremists won a week-long battle today to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process.

The base was reportedly one of the military’s largest facilities in the region, with several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition.

Its capture is a huge blow to President Assad’s regime and will spark concern over the treatment of any survivors.

Militants beheaded Syrian soldiers and impaled their heads on fence posts when they captured similar bases, including the sprawling Division 17 base in Raqqa…

…’Some of the Syrian regime troops pulled out and now the Islamic State is in full control of Tabqa,’ said Observatory director Rami Abdurrahman.

‘This makes Raqqa province the first to fully fall out of government hands.’…

 

 

Key target: The extremists won a week-long battle to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process

Key target: The extremists won a week-long battle to capture the sprawling Tabqa base 25 miles from their stronghold in Raqqa, reportedly killing dozens of soldiers in the process

 

 

Read the entire article at The Daily Mail.

 

 

Update:   You Do Realize that the U.S. Funded and Trained ISIS, Right?

…Syrian rebels who would later join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIS, were trained in 2012 by U.S. instructors working at a secret base in Jordan, according to informed Jordanian officials.

The officials said dozens of future ISIS members were trained at the time as part of covert aid to the insurgents targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in Syria. The officials said the training was not meant to be used for any future campaign in Iraq…

…Meanwhile, our government is still funding the “Syrian rebels” today!

Back at the end of June, Obama was requesting another $500 million in aid for them, even though the fact that many were now calling themselves ISIS was so blatantly obvious even back then that it could no longer be disputed.

As Hagel said, ISIS are not just well-funded, but “tremendously well-funded.” Now you know where ISIS gets a hefty chunk of its tremendous funding…

 

 

Update:   ‘Plane Ticket Away?’ Lawmakers Warn Obama to Stop ISIS Before It Attacks U.S. (video)

… I don’t want to hear from the president how he’s reacting to events like theMosul Dam. What I want to hear from our commander in chief is that he has a strategy to finish ISIS off, to defeat ISIS. Let’s not forget that there are reportedly thousands of terrorists with foreign passports. If we don’t deal with this threat now thoroughly and convincingly, it’s going to come home to roost…

 

 
Chaldean archbishop warns: West will become victims of enemy we welcomed into our countries

…“Our sufferings today are a prelude to what even European and Western Christians will incur in the near future. Your liberal and democratic principles here [in the Middle East] are not worth anything. You need to rethink our reality in the Middle East because you are receiving in your countries, an increasing number of Muslims. You too are at risk. You have to take strong and courageous decisions, at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think that men are all the same. It is not true. Islam does not say that all men are equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand in time, you will become victims of the enemy that you welcomed into your home.”…

 

 

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