The battle for Syria's airports

Syrian rebel forces have this year been waging a "battle of the airports in Aleppo" to deprive government forces of a key supply route in the northern city:


- January 1: The international airport in Syria's second city of Aleppo is temporarily closed due to repeated attacks by rebel fighters.

It is the first international airport to have been closed since the March 2011 outbreak of Syria's conflict.

- January 11: Insurgents seize a military airbase in Taftanaz, 50 kilometres (30 miles) southwest of Aleppo, after a long and fierce assault.

- February 12: Rebels launch assaults on airbases in Aleppo province, overrunning a military air base and capturing warplanes at Jarrah. Clashes are reported around Aleppo international airport, Nayrab airbase and another military complex.

- April 28: Fierce clashes rage inside Kwiyres military airport, as rebels try to seize the facility.

Further north in Idlib province, clashes erupt around the major Abu al-Dhur military airport, which rebels have laid siege to for about a month.

- August 6: Rebels seize control of the key Minnigh air base in Aleppo province, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.