Urfa, Turkey – The Islamic State (IS), an al-Qaeda offshoot, seized control of Ajrawi area in the countryside of Tabqa city in Raqqa province, northern Syria, on Wednesday midnight, after clashes with the pro-regime military forces – who withdrew from al-Tabqa military airport following IS control on Sunday.
Tabqa’s clashes resulted in the control of IS on Ajrawi area, killing and injuring dozens of pro-regime soldiers, local media sources close to the IS group reported on Thursday.
IS-linked media activists also published a video online showing dozens of pro-Assad soldiers who fled the military airport of Tabqa during the clashes, hiding in one of the farms in the region. They have been executed by IS militants after being captured.
The Syrian forces intensified air strikes on the IS-held province of Raqqa after losing the military airport, the last remaining strongholds of the Syrian army in the province since the demise of the Division 17 and Brigade 93 in the countryside in the town of Ain Issa. Dozens were reported dead in the ranks of IS as well as civilians, local sources told ARA News.
On Thursday, pro-Assad air force launched several raids on the town of Ma’daan in eastern Raqqa.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has revealed the death of at least 100 fighters from the Islamic State, in addition to the injury of more than 300 others.
Reporting by: Ridwan Bizar
Source: ARA News
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