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Islamic State Takes Palmyra, Gains Control of Syria-Iraq Border

Observers say Islamic State has captured the last Syrian-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq. The British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Syrian forces fled the al-Tanaf crossing, giving the militants control of the border. The monitors say Islamic State now controls about half of Syria after seizing the ancient city of Palmyra, putting its irreplaceable 2,000 year old artifacts at risk of destruction. U.S. officials say the capture of the ancient Syrian...

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