Islamic State Group Seizes 16 Villages in Northern Syria

September 18, 2014 2:30 PM

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Beirut: Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.

For more than a year, the Islamic State group and Kurdish militias have been locked in a fierce fight in several pockets of northern Syria where large Kurdish populations reside. The clashes are but one aspect of Syria's broader civil war, a multilayered conflict that the U.N. says has killed more t...

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