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Rebels, Islamist militants seize key air base in northern Syria

Envoy sees little hope for political solution to war

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels and Islamist militants overran a major military air base in the north Friday and, buoyed by the victory, intensified their offensive on two other bases in their most aggressive campaign yet to erode the air supremacy that President Bashar Assad’s regime has increasingly relied on over the past year.

The rebels control the ground in large parts of the north, but they have been unable to solidify their grip because they — and civilians in rebel-held regions — come under withering strikes from aircraft stationed at a number of military bases in the area.

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