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    Islamic State Militants Seize More Syrian Towns

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    Reuters

    Islamic State insurgents have seized several towns and villages from rival Islamist groups in the Syrian province of Aleppo, opening the way for further westward advances, an organization monitoring the war in Syria said on Wednesday.

    Already in control of large areas of northern and eastern Syria, Islamic State's latest gains include the towns of Turkmen Bareh and Akhtarin, 50 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is based in Britain, reported.

    The Islamic State group's advance in Syria has accelerated since the group seized control of the Iraqi city of Mosul in June, declaring a caliphate in areas under its control in a bid to redraw the borders of the Middle East.

    Diplomats and rebels said the Syrian government, which is fighting rebels across the country, launched attacks on towns run by the group only after its militants advanced into neighboring Iraq and seized a third of its territories.

    The Islamic State group is tightening its grip over areas of Syria under its control, including the city of Raqqa on the Euphrates river. Raqqa has become the militants' Syrian power base.

    Fighting at airport

    The Observatory, which uses a network of monitors, reported battles between Islamic State fighters and Syrian government forces near a Raqqa military airport, the government's last remaining position in the area.

    The Observatory also reported two more crucifixions by Islamic State rebels in Deir al-Zor overnight, bringing to 27 the number of people executed by the group in recent days as it tightens its grip over the eastern province.

    The advance in northeast Aleppo province is part of a wider offensive by Islamic State militants to seize a belt of territory near the border with Turkey.

    A Twitter feed reporting events in Akhtarin said two people had been killed while “resisting” Islamic State insurgents' advance, including a 16-year-old boy. There was no way to verify the report.

    The Observatory said it expected the group's next targets to be the towns of Azaz and Marea to the west.

    It identified the groups defeated by Islamic State rebels as fighters from Islamist battalions that have been resisting its expansion. The Nusra Front, al-Qaida's official affiliate in Syria, and other Islamist groups had withdrawn from the area in June.   

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    by: Ali baba from: new york
    August 13, 2014 9:08 AM
    US has to face the reality. US has to Support Bashar el Assad to fight these thugs. The US policy towards Syria Is wrong. It is a mistake to consider the opinion Of Saudi And former president of Egypt who is mentally ill. If Bashar have enough support, these jihadist will not exist in Syria. As a result million of christen killed.

    The reality of removal radical Islam is duty of all the countries in the world . Unfortunately ,Muslim brotherhood, Saudi has to convince the world that these thugs are freedom fighter and they are seeking democracy . the fact that they are fanatic and went restore Islamic empire and their plan is to extermination of Christian and other minority such Yazd . make no mistake democracy is not getting along with Islam .

    Even Bashar El Assad is a dictator . he is secular and he is not fanatic. the real fanatic is Saudi whom support them and their extremist have existed in European and United State . The Australasian citizen child who went to fight with sick in the head father .His picture to carry head of dead person .proof that sick people are existed in our country.

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