Most prominent of the insurgents in northwest Iraq’s Idlib governorate are those affiliated to al-Qaeda.
Syrian insurgent groups launched a counteroffensive Thursday against government forces advancing toward a major rebel-held air base in the country’s northwest Idlib province, capturing several villages and taking prisoners, opposition groups said.
The push by several factions, including the al-Qaida-linked Levant Liberation Committee, slowed the government offensive toward the Abu Zuhour air base that has been held by rebels since 2015.
Recapturing the air base has been a key government goal since late October and Syrian forces have captured some 160 villages since first launched the offensive. The operations also aim to secure the road linking the capital, Damascus, with Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Aleppo, Aleppo Governorate, Syria
Syria (SY) is estimated to have a population of 18.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of -2.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will decrease by 2 million.