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Syrian rebels claim victory in fight for air base

Triumph further cements geographic divide in the country

BEIRUT — Syrian rebels claimed to have taken full control of a long-contested military air base near the northern city of Aleppo on Tuesday morning, boosting morale for pressured opposition fighters.

Rebels overran the compound after carrying out a suicide bombing on Monday near Menagh airport’s main building, which had become a last refuge for government troops penned inside the compound, opposition activists said. In videos posted online, rebels showed off their spoils of fresh ammunition and weapons.

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