An Islamist fighter, identified as Abu Muthanna al-Yemeni from Britain (R) speaks in this still image taken undated video shot at an unknown location and uploaded to a social media website June 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Social Media Video via REUTERS TV)
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Fighters of the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) captured Friday key towns in eastern Syria adjoining territory the Al-Qaeda splinter group has seized in Iraq, a monitoring organization said.ISIS, which opposes Syrian President Bashar Assad, has also been fighting rival rebel groups in Deir al-Zor, an oil-producing eastern province of Syria devastated by the three-year-old civil war.The newly captured towns are in an area running along the Euphrates River that links Syria and Iraq and are significant because they are close to Deir al-Zor's military airport and the Syrian city of Mayadin, the Observatory's Rami Abdurrahman said.
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