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  • Fighters from the Islamic State group have seized parts of a military base in Syria's Raqa province after launching triple suicide bomb attacks at its gates, a monitor said on Thursday.

    The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the armed group was engaged in heavy fighting with troops at Brigade 93 in Raqa, where IS already controls the regional capital and significant amounts of territory.

    The fighting began on Wednesday night, after three IS fighters blew themselves up at the entrance of the base and around it.

    The initial explosions killed and wounded "dozens" of regime troops, the Observatory said, with director Rami Abdel Rahman saying there was no confirmed death toll yet.

    Many regime troops had withdrawn to Brigade 93 last month, after IS seized the Division 17 base, killing at least 85 soldiers, according to the Observatory.

    The two-day assault on Division 17 saw more than 50 troops summarily executed, including some who were beheaded, with IS later putting their severed heads on display.

    [AFP]

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