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Syrian Warplanes Target Town Seized By ISIL

Activists say Syrian government warplanes have carried out a series of deadly air strikes against a Syrian city that was captured by Islamist militants a day earlier.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said warplanes pounded the eastern town of Muhassan with six air strikes on June 21, killing 16 people, including three civilians.

The town near the Iraqi border was stormed by fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) on June 20.

The air strikes came as ISIL fighters took control of two strategically located Iraqi towns – Qaim on the Syrian border on June 20, and Rawah along the Euphrates River on June 21.

Both cities are located in Iraq's mainly Sunni Anbar province.
Based on reporting by AP and