Syria conflict: Islamic State seizes Tabqa airbase


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Fighters from Islamic State have taken control of a key Syrian government airbase.

The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar al-Assad's government in Raqqa province.

State TV confirmed that government forces had "evacuated" the airbase. Days of fighting there have reportedly killed hundreds on both sides.

The UN says that more than 191,000 people have now been killed in the three-year-old Syrian conflict up to April.

IS, formerly known as Isis, has expanded its reach into large parts of eastern Syria and northern Iraq in recent months.

 

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