Free Syrian Army fighters prepare shells before firing them toward Daesh fighters in the northern Aleppo countryside.
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Daesh (ISIS) militants launched a fresh offensive Monday, taking advantage of a sandstorm that sharply reduced visibility in eastern Syria and capturing new areas from government forces near the city of Deir al-Zor, opposition activists said.Over the weekend, Daesh captured several areas in Deir al-Zor province, killing scores of troops and civilians and capturing hundreds in this province bordering Iraq, according to activists and state media.Daesh controls most of Deir al-Zor province and much of the capital with the same name, while the government controls several districts in the northern part of the city and the adjacent military airport. Most of the casualties in the latest fighting occurred in the area of Baghaliya near the city. Daesh already controls the northern Syrian city of Raqqa – the militant group's de facto capital – in the province by the same name.Turkish army radar showed shots were fired into the border province of Kilis from Daesh outposts inside Syria, military sources operating in the area told Reuters, adding that the army had retaliated "in kind".
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