Islamic State bombings strike Syrian strongholds

February 22, 2016 11:56 AM

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Islamic State bombings strike Syrian strongholds

BEIRUT - The Islamic State asserted responsibility for bombings on Sunday that killed dozens of people in two Syrian government strongholds, casting a shadow over intensified diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire to the civil war.

At least three explosions struck a suburb south of the Syrian capital, Damascus, leaving at least 50 people dead near the Sayyida Zeinab shrine that is revered by Shiite Muslims, according to Syrian state television. The area is a high-profile target for extremist Sunni groups such as the Islamic St...

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