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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    Daesh terrorists are going door-to-door in Raqqa and in the surrounding villages looking for civilians to be used a human shields against the Syrian army and popular forces moving in from Aleppo and Hama provinces, Iran’s Fars news agency wrote on Sunday.

    "The recapture of around 10 square kilometers in Ithriya region towards Raqqa province by the Syrian Army troops and the National Defense Forces (NDF) has caused serious concerns among ISIL's [Daesh] top commanders in Raqqa and they have started capturing and kidnapping citizens in and around the city in a bid to use them as human shield in the battlefields to slow down the army advances," several local sources near the city of Raqqa — the self-proclaimed capital of Daesh - said on Sunday.

    Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldier (File)
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    Meanwhile, Russian warplanes pounded several military columns of Daesh reinforcements moving to the rescue of their embattled comrades in Hama province, Fars News reported.

    According to military sources on the ground, the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have won back a number of strategic military checkpoints in Raqqa province.

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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