Syrian rebels have overrun the largest airbase in northern Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the fighting around the Taftanaz airbase ceased Friday morning when the rebels ousted the last remnants of government forces.
The airbase housed two squadrons of Mil-8/17 Hip transport helicopters, and was previously used by the government to conduct air raids, and transport troops and supplies in Syria’s northern sector. Government forces withdrew all working helicopters from the site before it was overrun. The rebels allegedly seized a number of armored vehicles, 20 choppers that were not in working order, and a large stockpile of weapons.