An Islamic State militant uses a loud-hailer to announce to residents of Taqba city that Tabqa air base has fallen to Islamic State militants, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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ISIS fighters captured Sunday a major military air base in Syria's northeast, eliminating the last regime-held outpost in a province otherwise dominated by the jihadist group, activists and state media said.Tabqa airfield – home to several warplane squadrons, helicopters, tanks, artillery and ammunition bunkers – is the third military base in the area to fall to the militants since last month. ISIS fighters had been closing in on the base for weeks.The Observatory said nearly 350 ISIS fighters were killed and several hundred wounded during fighting and in government airstrikes since last week's assault. Meanwhile, more than 170 government troops also were killed Sunday alone, and there were reports that another 150 may have been captured, it added. Last month, ISIS fighters overran the sprawling Division 17 military base in Raqqa, killing at least 85 soldiers.
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