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  • Islamic State thwarts Syrian government forces on two fronts

    ISTANBUL Syrian government troops failed on two fronts Monday to reverse gains by fighters loyal to the Islamic State, a sign that the insurgents who have captured half of Iraq are capable of battling Syria's government as well.
  • Syria fights to free gas field from Islamic State

    ISTANBUL The Syrian military and the Islamic State engaged in fierce battle Saturday as the government tried unsuccessfully to dislodge the radical Islamists from a gas field seized two days earlier in an attack marked by the executions of 200 soldiers,...

    Islamic State seizes major Syrian oil fields, aids Assad regime

    ISTANBUL Extremist fighters of the Islamic State, already in control of a third of Iraqi territory, are on the attack in Syria, where they've seized more oil fields, facilitated the Assad regime's advance in Aleppo and started a new offensive against...

    1,000 Syrian rebels defect to Islamic State in sign it's still strengthening

    GAZIANTEP, Turkey A Syrian rebel brigade defected to the Islamic State this week, a sign that the extremist group continues to build strength after seizing vast territories in western Iraq and eastern Syria, anti-government activists said Tuesday. The 1,...

    Islamic State consolidates control of eastern Syria with fall of Deir el-Zour

    ISTANBUL Extremists of the Islamic State on Monday seized nearly all of Deir el-Zour, the last town not under their control in eastern Syria, after executing the emir of a rival jihadi group, the Nusra Front, anti-government activists reported. The...