Fighters with ‘Islamic State’ tighten grip on Iraq-Syria border

Fighters with “Islamic State” have consolidated their control of the Iraq-Syria border, an Iraqi provincial capital and the world-famous Syrian heritage site of Palmyra. Thousands have fled the advance.

The Islamic State (IS) fighters ended the week in control of about half of Syrian territory. IS now controls “more than 95,000 square kilometres (38,000 square miles) in Syria, which is 50 percent of the country’s territory,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights based in Britain said.

The jihadists have taken Ramadi, capital of Anbar province, and the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra in the past week. Their gains come despite eight months of US-led air strikes.

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The United Nations said on Friday at least 55,000 people have fled Ramadi alone since mid-May. The Security Council voiced “grave concern” for the UNESCO World Heritage site of Palmyra and for civilians trapped in the city.
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