Northwestern Syria offensive

Islamist rebels say capture army base in Syria's Idlib province

A coalition of Islamist rebels said they seized a Syrian army base in northwestern Idlib province at dawn on April 27 after a suicide bomber from al Qaeda's Nusra Front drove a truck packed with explosives inside and set it off. 

Syrian state media said the army had inflicted heavy casualties on rebels in the area and launched air strikes, but did not say the base had fallen. 

Syria warplanes strike northwest city seized by rebels

Syrian government warplanes pounded the northwestern city of Jisr al-Shughur on April 26, a day after its capture by Al-Qaeda and its allies, a monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least four air strikes hit the city, which had been one of regime's last remaining strongholds in Idlib province.