Islamic State Takes Syria’s Palmyra, Beheads/Executes 17 People, “ISIS Is ‘Everywhere’”

Islamic State on Thursday solidified their rout of Syrian government forces in the historic desert city of Palmyra, moving to the outskirts to seize its airport and the notorious Tadmur Prison, according to residents and statements from the group.

It was the first time that the Islamic State had seized an entire city from Syrian government forces; it won control of its first major city, Raqqa, from Syrian insurgents and the Qaeda-affiliated Nusra Front after the two became rivals. (NYT)

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