Smoke rises from an Islamic State fighters position in the town of Kobani during airstrikes by the US led coalition, seen from the outskirts of Suruc, near the Turkey-Syria border, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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Islamic State fighters in Syria claimed on Thursday to have taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs after battles with government forces.The Observatory, which tracks the conflict through a network of sources, said on Wednesday the assault on the gas field had killed at least 30 pro-government fighters.Islamic State first seized the gas field in July, killing some 350 government troops, allied militiamen, guards and staff, according to the Observatory.
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