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Middle East Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra for strategic boost in eastern Syria (+video)

Military analysts said the IS victory left its forces in control of an important crossroads in eastern Syria that could open new supply lines to Iraq.

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Islamic State militants were in full control of the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria Thursday, residents said, a victory that gave them a strategic and symbolic boost less than a week after the group seized the Iraqi city of Ramadi.