A man holds up a knife as he rides on the back of a motorcycle touring the streets of Tabqa city with others in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Militants from ISIS engaged in mopping-up operations around the Tabqa military airport Monday, one day after seizing the facility from government forces and cementing the group's control over Raqqa province.The Observatory said regime airstrikes Sunday on the city of Raqqa killed a total of 11 civilians, while the nationwide death toll, inflated by the Tabqa air base seizure, stood at 672 people – 248 of the total were regime troops and paramilitary allies, more than half of whom were killed in TabqaNear the town of Marea, a stronghold of the Islamic Front alliance, at least 15 ISIS fighters – including an "American suicide bomber" – were killed in clashes, while three Islamic Front fighters were killed, the Observatory said.Regime airstrikes targeted ISIS fighters near the town of Yaaroubieh on the border in Iraq in Hassakeh province, where ISIS militants were engaged in clashes with the YPG Kurdish militia, the Observatory said.
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