21 Jun '16, 7pm

Islamic State regains areas lost to Syrian government

Islamic State regains areas lost to Syrian government

In this file photo taken on Feb. 17, 2016, soldiers from the Syrian army fire a rocket at Islamic State group positions in the province of Raqqa, Syria. (Photo: Alexander Kots/Komsomolskaya Pravda via AP) 6 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN COMMENT EMAIL MORE BEIRUT — The Islamic State group has retaken large areas in the northern Syrian province of Raqqa that it recently lost to government troops, opposition activists said Tuesday. Syrian troops have been on the offensive for nearly three weeks and had approached to within seven kilometers (four miles) of the Tabqa air base near Raqqa city, the de facto capital of the IS group's self-declared caliphate. But the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Tuesday that government forces lost all the territory they gained in Raqqa province since launching their offensive on June 2, adding that troops have been pushed back no...

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