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Syrian army frees military personnel from air base: state TV

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 01:02

Syrian state TV showed images of government soldiers freeing military personnel from inside an air base in northern Syria after a siege by Islamic State insurgents. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Syrian soldiers fought their way into an air base in northern Syria on Tuesday (November 10) and freed military personnel inside, state television said, after a nearly two-year siege by Islamic State insurgents at the facility. A military source close to the government said the army was working to secure the Kweires air base in Aleppo Province, where soldiers and officers have been under attack since 2013. It is the most high-profile victory for Syria's army since Russia launched an air campaign in support of President Bashar al-Assad on Sept. 30. State television broadcast live footage from the air base of an emotional, fatigue-clad reporter announcing the news, played victory songs and ran archive footage of military exercises.

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Syrian army frees military personnel from air base: state TV

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 01:02