Syrian rebel alliance says captures air base in south
BEIRUT- A Syrian rebel alliance said it had captured an air base from the army in southern Syria on Thursday, a gain that would compound setbacks for President Bashar al Assad in the area after losing a nearby military base this week.Issam al-Rayyes, spokesman for the Southern Front alliance of rebel groups, said al-Thala air base in Sweida province had been "liberated". Syrian officials could not immediately be reached for comment.A second rebel commander however said the base had yet to fall to the insurgents. Bashar al-Zoubi, head of the Yarmouk Army, said he expected that to happen before the day ended.
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