Syrian army breaks through jihadist siege of airbase

It's the Syrian army's first major breakthrough since the Russian air campaign began.

Syrian air forces jets at the Kweyris military air base, in the northern Syrian province of Aleppo, on 11 November 2015. Picture: AFP.

LATAKIA - The Syrian army has broken through a more than year-long jihadist siege of a military airbase in the country's north.

It's the Syrian army's first major breakthrough since the Russian air campaign began.

Russia has 50 jets and helicopters in the base, and at least seven tanks and armed personnel vehicles.

Dozens of jets fly from the base each day and have been doing so since the end of September.

Russia continues to carry out dozens of sorties daily from the base inside the country.

According to Russian figures, they've hit some 2,000 figures belonging to the Islamic State and other terrorist groups.

Washington says it has no immediate plans for military co-operation with Russia in a campaign against the Islamic State in Syria despite an ISIS affiliate claiming responsibility for a Russian airliner crash in the Sinai.