A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows Syrian troops celebrating in the town of Kasab, on June 15, 2014. AFP PHOTO/HO/SANA
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Syrian regime forces retake Kasab, pound ISIS basesGovernment forces flushed opposition fighters from their last strongholds in northwestern Syria near the Turkish frontier Sunday, seizing the Armenian town of Kasab and restoring government control over a nearby border crossing, activists and state media said. The developments came as regime airstrikes pounded bases in eastern Syria belonging to the Al-Qaeda splinter group ISIS in coordination with the Baghdad government, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. eastern Syria, the airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), which has spearheaded a weeklong jihadist offensive in Iraq, have been more intense than ever, the Observatory said.In Raqqa, the air force bombed the area surrounding ISIS' main headquarters in Syria, as well as the group's religious courts, said the Observatory, adding there were no reported casualties.The Syrian regime Saturday also bombarded ISIS' headquarters at Shaddadi in Hassakeh, home to a frontier crossing from Iraq that is under the jihadists' control.A war pitting Syrian rebels against ISIS has killed more than 6,000 people, mostly fighters, since it broke out in January.
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