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In Surprise Attack, IS Fights to Retake Ancient Palmyra

Fierce clashes erupted Friday between Islamic State (IS) fighters and Syrian government troops around the ancient city of Palmyra in central Homs province, local reports and a monitoring group said. The intensification of fighting between the two sides came after IS fighters captured at least a dozen government-held positions in eastern Homs, including strategic areas around Palmyra. "IS took complete control of al-Mohur [oil] field in northwest of Palmyra," the pro-rebel...

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