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IS Expands in Damascus; Al-Qaida Vows Sharia Law for Idlib

Islamic State fighters seized most of a Palestinian camp on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus on Wednesday, nearing President Bashar al-Assad's seat of power. A rival jihadist group said sharia law would govern a city seized by rebels in the northwest of Syria. Though unrelated, the developments showed the dominant role of jihadists in a war entering its fifth year and the risk they pose to Assad even as he appears in control of Damascus and other populous areas in...

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