Tanks belonging to Syrian government forces are positioned near the Jazel oil field, near the ancient city of Palmyra in the east of Homs province after they retook the area from ISIS fighters on March 9, 2015. AFP PHOTO/ STR
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ISIS launched a major offensive Wednesday to try to capture a strategic town on the Syrian-Turkish border, leaving dozens dead in clashes, activists said.The offensive is a preemptive strike against Kurdish militia who were planning an attack on the ISIS-held town of Tal Abyad farther west along the border, Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.Tal Abyad is an Arab and Kurdish town in the Syrian province of Raqqa used by ISIS jihadis as a gateway from Turkey.At least 12 fighters from the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which control Ras al-Ain and the surrounding villages, were killed in the ISIS onslaught, according to Abdel Rahman.
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