Islamic extremists captured a major government military airport in Raqqa, eastern Syria, and behead captured Assad soldiers

Islamic extremists seize Syrian military base then behead captured Assad soldiers

The Muslim Issue

Islamic extremists seize Syrian military base then behead captured Assad soldiers

By Roy Gutman and Mousab Alhamadee

McClatchy Foreign StaffAugust 24, 2014

Mideast Qatar ExtrimistThis undated image posted by the Raqqa Media Center, a Syrian opposition group, on Monday, June 30, 2014, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State group during a parade in Raqqa, Syria. (AP Photo/Raqqa Media Center- File)
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ISTANBUL — Islamic extremists captured a major government military airport in Raqqa, eastern Syria, on Sunday, completing their takeover of the entire province and dealing a humiliating blow to President Bashar Assad.

The victory is further evidence that the Islamic State is determined to widen its grip on the region. Since it launched its brutal assaults in June, the Islamic State has captured half of Iraq and one third of Syria and operates an Islamic caliphate armed with US…

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