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Islamic State says in total control of Syria's Palmyra

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Islamic State is in complete control of the Syrian city of Palmyra, including the military airport and prison, after the “collapse” of pro-government forces there, the militant group said on Thursday in a statement on Twitter.

The retreating forces “left behind a large number of (their) dead” which it said filled the city square, the statement said.

Reporting by Omar Fahmy, Writing by Sylvia Westall; editing by John Stonestreet

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