Syrian rebels have taken control of a strategic airbase in Idlib province in the north of the country.
Anti-Assad fighters claim the Free Syrian Army is now in control of the Taftanaz air field after days of fierce fighting with government troops.
Hundreds of rebels have besieged the base since November, but the tide turned when Islamist fighters reinforced them earlier this month.
As the blood letting continued international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi held talks with senior US and Russian officials in Geneva.
The negotiations, behind closed doors, appear deadlocked as the two world powers disagree over Assad’s fate in any transition.
The Syrian government has branded Brahimi as “flagrantly biased” casting doubt on his ability to orchestrate an end to the 21-month-old conflict.
For the war-weary Syrian people severe weather is adding to the difficulties.
As hundreds flee the fighting on a daily basis Saudi Arabia has announced a 7.5 million euro aid package to assist Syrian refugees stranded in Jordan.
As many as 600,000 refugees have been displaced since the conflict began and more than 60,000 people have lost their lives.
Not everyone agreed that the capture of Taftanaz was a big boost for the rebels.
Yezid Sayigh, senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut, said Taftanaz’s capture would help the rebels as they try to secure a continuous area in the north.
But he played down the broader military significance, pointing out it had taken the rebels months to take a base the government already could not use because of the fighting.
“This is a tactical gain rather than a strategic gain,” Sayigh said.
Despite capturing territory across the country’s north and east, the rebels have been plagued by divisions, a lack of equipment and disorganisation.
They have also seen their support from civilians erode in some areas because of poor discipline, looting and bad living conditions.
Copyright © 2015 euronewsMore about:
- 1Mexico says 43 missing students were definitely murdered
- 2Russia is accused of ‘financing illegal armed groups’ – Council of Europe
- 3A very academic cabinet, Tsipras government sworn-in
- 4Ukrainian rebel attacks on city of Mariupol are condemned by the UN as a war crime
- 5Auschwitz survivors 70 years on plead for ‘our children’s future’
- 1Ukrainian rebel attacks on city of Mariupol are condemned by the UN as a war crime
- 2Spain: NATO plane crash kills 11, injures 21
- 3Fidel Castro breaks silence on Cuba-US talks to resume relations
- 4[As it happened] Remembering the Holocaust at Auschwitz, 70 years on
- 5Ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko ‘killed at third attempt’
- 1Greek elections: SYRIZA on course to win, but may fall short of majority
- 2German men ‘can use toilet while standing’, judge rules
- 3Captured Ukraine troops forced to face angry crowd after Donetsk bus stop shelling
- 4No word on Japanese hostages after ISIL deadline passes
- 5Thailand: Army urges respect for Yingluck Shinawatra impeachment
- 1euronews live TV - News | euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 2The power of the pen: Cartoonists worldwide react to the Charlie Hebdo attack | euronews, world news
- 3Immigration, racism in sport and the rise of extremism – Cantona shares his views | euronews, interview
- 4[LIVE] 12 dead after gun attack at French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo | euronews, world news
- 5[LIVE NOW] Massive unity rally in Paris, with similar marches in other French cities | euronews, world news
- 6[LIVE] Second hostage crisis erupts in Paris as police close in on Charlie Hebdo suspects | euronews, world news
- 7Muslim groups fear backlash after terrorist attacks in Paris | euronews, news
- 8“ISIL is the baby of George W Bush” | euronews, news
- 9International breaking news | euronews online world breaking news in video
- 10Medieval Bruges is to get its own underground beer pipeline | euronews, world news
- 11Almost four million turn out for unity rallies across France | euronews, world news
- 12euronews apps : iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8, Nokia S40, Nokia Asha, Smart TV and Google Glass
- 13Key questions around the Charlie Hebdo killings go unanswered | euronews, world news
- 14A defiant Charlie Hebdo: it’s not the front page the terrorists would’ve wanted | euronews, world news
- 15HarperCollins wipes Israel off the map | euronews, world news
- 16NewsWires : euronews : the latest international news as video on demand
- 17eurovibes - a selection of Europe’s best music talent
- 18Getting to know Sir Tony and “the world’s greatest tenor” | euronews, musica
- 19Grim task of retrieving bodies after wreckage of missing AirAsia plane found | euronews, world news
- 20Charlie Hebdo: Israeli paper deletes women from Paris march | euronews, world news
Wires > News
- 14:58 CET Sudanese rebels detain six Bulgarians – Bulgarian foreign ministry
- 14:56 CET Exclusive – EU draft would extend Russia sanctions over Ukraine…
- 14:47 CET World can live better and curb climate change, says UK government
- 14:43 CET Violence flares on Israel-Lebanon frontier; seven Israeli soldiers…
- 13:05 CET Obama, Merkel want Russia held accountable for violence in Ukraine
- 12:28 CET Jordan says ready to release Iraqi woman militant if pilot released
- 12:09 CET France, Germany, Britain to meet Iran on nuclear issue
- 12:05 CET Suicide attack kills at least five people in north Mali – sources