Activists: Islamic State Kills Dozens of Government Forces in Wide-Scale Attacks in Eastern Syria

January 16, 2016 8:15 PM

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Activists: Islamic State Kills Dozens of Government Forces in Wide-Scale Attacks in Eastern Syria

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian opposition activists say Islamic State militants have killed dozens of government forces in wide-scale attacks on government-held areas of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The opposition activist group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says at least 75 soldiers and pro-government militiamen were killed in the attacks Saturday which saw the group make significant advances in the contested city. It said at least 60 of them were shot dead by the extremists.

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