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Friday, 22 May 2015 - 19:25
Islamic State 'seizes key Syria-Iraq border crossing'
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Islamic State militants have seized the last Syrian government-controlled border crossing between Syria and Iraq.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said government forces withdrew from al-Tanf - known as al-Waleed in Iraq - crossing as IS advanced.

The loss of al-Tanf to IS follows the group's takeover of the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra yesterday.

The US says that fighting the militants will be a "difficult challenge".

Islamic State now controls more than 95,000 square kilo meters of Syria, which is 50% of the country's entire territory.
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