Al-Qaida splinter group encircles Syrian city

June 12, 2014 10:19 PM

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BEIRUT (AP) — The al-Qaida breakaway group that seized much of Iraq's northern city of Mosul has encircled the city of Deir el-Zour across the border in Syria, activists said Wednesday.

"They have surrounded the city. There are no entrances or exits left for people to flee," said a Syrian activist in the region who has contacts inside Deir el-Zour and who uses the name Salar. The information was confirmed by a second activist who uses the name Abu Abdullah, and who is based near De...

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