Al-Qaeda’s Syria affiliate on Saturday drove US-backed rebels out of a strategic northern military base in fierce fighting that left dozens dead, a monitor said.
At least 29 fighters from the Western-armed Hazm movement were killed along with six Al-Nusra Front jihadists, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
It said fierce fighting had broken out on Friday night for Base 46, west of the city of Aleppo.
‘Al-Nusra captured Base 46,’ said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Observatory.
Base 46 is a sprawling military compound that rebel fighters seized in November 2012 from troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.