Syrian rebels, US forces seize air base on Syrian-Iraqi border

Published June 29th, 2016 - 03:30 GMT
Daesh militants on a road at the Syrian-Iraqi border. (AFP/File)
Daesh militants on a road at the Syrian-Iraqi border. (AFP/File)

Syrian rebels backed by the United States on Wednesday seized the Hamdan small airport near the Iraq border used as a base by Daesh.

The air base is near the city of al-Bukamal, where Daesh took control in 2014. The city is one of the main transit points used between Syria and Iraq by Daesh.

The US-backed New Syria Army on Tuesday began an effort seeking to cut off Daesh's transit between Syria and Iraq. Several rebel factions have taken part in the operation.

"This new operation is aimed at recapturing al-Bukamal and cutting off a main supply line for ISIS between Iraq and Syria," a New Syrian Army spokesman told ARA News.

Rebel fighters began taking territory surrounding al-Bukamal, including Daesh-held positions. Syria has been blighted by a complex civil war in which Daesh, the Syrian government and multiple Syrian rebel groups fight for control of territory.

In Iraq, the Iraqi security forces recently took back control of the city of Fallujah. Iraqi forces are continuing efforts to take the city of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, away from Daesh control.

By Andrew V Pestano

Editor's note: This article was edited from the original.

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