Islamic State takes over town in Syria's western Homs province: monitor

November 1, 2015 12:00 PM

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Islamic State takes over town in Syria's western Homs province: monitor

BEIRUT Islamic State fighters seized the Syrian town of Maheen in Homs province from government forces on Sunday, a monitoring group said, expanding their presence in Syria's west despite a Russian-backed bombing campaign against them.

Islamic State's strongholds in Syria are in the north and east, but it has increased its territory in Homs province since taking over the historic city of Palmyra earlier this year, and then Qaryatain, 15 kilometers east of Maheen.

Also read: Syrian army secures Islamic State-held town in Homs province: state media

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