File - Raqqa recruited over 6,300 fighters in July, according to the Observatory.
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Thousands of new fighters joined ISIS in Syria last month in its fastest expansion to date, a body monitoring the war said Tuesday.Now in control of roughly a third of Syria and large areas of Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria has been seizing territory from rival Islamist groups in a belt of territory north of Aleppo, threatening rebel supply lines into the city where President Bashar Assad's forces are seeking to encircle the insurgents.The Observatory said Syrian war planes Tuesday mounted airstrikes on ISIS positions in the town of Akhtarin, one of the areas its fighters seized in last week's advance.
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