Middle East Islamic State seizes ancient Palmyra for strategic boost in eastern Syria

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.