IS captures 21 Kurdish towns in northern Syria

September 18, 2014 11:41 PM

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DAMASCUS, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Islamic State (IS) has seized control of 21 villages in the countryside of a Kurdish- dominated city in the northern province of Aleppo, amid fears and warning by the exiled opposition of possible massacres there, the oppositional Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Thursday.

Over the past 24 hours, IS has succeeded to capture the towns in the countryside of the predominantly Kurdish city of Ain al- Arab, said the Observatory, adding that the IS fighters were using tanks and artillery fire in their wide-scale offensive that aimed at capturing Ain al-Arab.

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