Members of the IS (Islamic state) militant group fire at positions of pro-regime Syrian soldiers in the northern rebel-held Syrian city of Raqqa. (AFP/HO/Welayet Raqa)
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Islamic State jihadists, building on vast land grabs in Iraq, have seized an army position in the Syrian city of Hasakeh, an activist group said Sunday.On Twitter, supporters of IS, which first emerged in Syria's war in spring 2013, celebrated the army position's "liberation" at the hands of the jihadists.While IS has escalated its offensive against the regime in parts of Syria in the past two weeks, it has been at open war since January against rebels seeking Assad's ouster.In June, the jihadist group proclaimed an Islamic "caliphate" straddling Syria and Iraq.Syrian rebels say IS transported a large amount of heavy weapons captured from fleeing Iraqi troops into Syria.
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