File - This undated posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the Al-Qaeda linked Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) marching in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/militant website)
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The al-Qaida breakaway group that seized much of Iraq's northern city of Mosul has encircled the city of Deir el-Zour across the border in Syria, activists said Wednesday.Their control runs some 175 miles (283 kilometers) eastwards across the Euphrates, from the northeast provincial capital of Raqqa to the town of Busayra in the province of Deir el-Zour, said Abu Abdullah. From there, they are some 62 miles (101 kilometers) from the Syrian town of Bukamal on the border with Iraq.One of the groups in the coalition, the Islamic Front, claimed that its fighters recently captured four villages from the Islamic State and killed 17 of its fighters.
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