Syria: al-Qaeda backed rebels take last regime military post in Idlib
Armed rebel fighters walk down a road in the northern Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughur, on April 25, 2015 (AFP/Ghaith Omran)
A coalition of Syrian rebels aligned with Al-Qaeda have allegedly taken the regime's last standing military post in Idlib, reports AFP.
"All regime forces have withdrawn from Al-Mastumah, the largest regime base in Idlib, leaving it completely in the hands of opposition fighters," Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP.
Al-Mastumah finally fell to the rebels, who call thesmelves the "Army of Conquest," after ongoing clashes both in the base and the nearby towns.
"With the help of God, Al-Mastumah was completely liberated after Al-Nusra Front stormed it from the south," the rebel coalition annnounced by Twitter.
This is the latest setback for the Syrian army in Idlib.
Regime forces have been performing near daily airstrikes on the northern Syrian province.
In March, rebels took full control of the province capital Idlib city. Now the Syrian regime's hold on strongholds across the province are dwindling.
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