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ISIS Takes Taqba air base in Syria (3 articles)

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Islamic State Captures Major Air Base in Syria – Sam Dagher

The Islamic State captured the Tabqa air base in the Syrian province of Raqqa on Sunday, gaining full control of the province. Islamic State fighters were seen parading in the town of Tabqa with the severed heads of soldiers killed at the air base. Opposition activists in the Raqqa area said Islamic State militants deployed at least three suicide bombers including a 13-year-old boy in an attempt to pierce the base’s defenses, which they finally succeeded in doing on Saturday. (Wall Street Journal)

See also Hundreds Die in Battle for Syrian Air Base

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said nearly 350 ISIS fighters were killed and several hundred wounded during the fighting at Tabqa, while more than 170 government troops were killedon Sunday and another 150 may have been captured. (Daily Star-Lebanon)

 

Former CIA Chief: Matter of Time Before ISIS Tries to Attack West– Joshua Berlinger
(dailyalert.org, Aug. 25, 2014)

Former CIA head Michael Hayden told CNN on Sunday that he expects ISIS to attempt an attack on targets in the U.S. or Europe. ISIS “has global ambitions – and it has the tools,” he said. The beheading of American journalist James Foley “expressed the intent….There’s no more powerful way to express their street credentials among thejihadist community than a successful attack against the West.”  (CNN)

 

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