• IS executes scores of Syrian troops

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    DAMASCUS: Islamic State (IS) jihadists boasted on Thursday they had executed scores of Syrian troops following their weekend capture of a key air base, in the latest in a string of abuses that have shocked the world. News of the killings came as US President Barack Obama weighed air strikes on IS positions in Syria and edged closer to greenlighting a mission to aid Shiite Turkmen trapped in an Iraqi town by the jihadists. It also came as rival Islamist rebels led by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front seized 43 United Nations peacekeepers on the Golan Heights, part of a mission that has monitored an armistice between Syrian and Israeli troops on the strategic plateau for a decade.

    AFP

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