An ISIS militant fires a RPG launcher during fighting near the Syrian Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab, known as Kobane by the Kurds.(AFP/Aamaq News)
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Syrian government forces overran rebels in a town northeast of Damascus Thursday, strengthening President Bashar Assad's grip on territory around the capital.The town -- Adra -- is about 30 kilometers from central Damascus but far from parts of Syria where the United States has launched airstrikes against ISIS.Many Syrian activists and rebels have criticized the United States for focusing on striking ISIS and other militant groups while doing little to bring down Assad.Syria's conflict started as a peaceful protest movement but, after a government crackdown, turned into a war that has killed more than 190,000 people over more than three years.
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