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IS seizes last Syria-Iraq border
22 May 2015 20:08
The self-styled Islamic State militant group has seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Syrian government after security forces withdrew.
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Iraqi officials said Iraqi security forces had also withdrawn from their side of the crossing known as al-Waleedin Iraq and al-Tanf in Syria.
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The crossing is in Syria's Homs province, where Islamic State on Wednesday seized the historic city of Palmyra from government forces.
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It was not immediately clear when Islamic State took the site.
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An IS fighter contacted by Reuters confirmed the group had taken control of the crossing, which is a 240 km (150 miles) drive from Palmyra, known as Tadmur in Arabic.
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The so-called Islamic State group also controls a border crossing between Syrian province of Deir al-Zor and the Iraqi province of Anbar, while a border crossing between the two countries in north eastern Syria is controlled by a Kurdish militia, the YPG.
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The group has declared a cross-border "caliphate" in the territory it controls in Syria and Iraq.
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