Daesh Regains Syrian Stronghold Near Turkey Border: Monitor

A Syrian national flag flutters next to the Daesh's slogan at a roundabout in the city of Palmyra, April 1. Daesh was rooted out of Palmyra but has regained control of Al Rai near the Turkish border according to a monitoring group on Monday. REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki/Files

AMMAN, April 11 – Daesh militants took back a stronghold in Syria near the border with Turkey on Monday, four days after losing it to a grouping of rebels, a monitoring group said.

The ultra-hardline Islamist group seized the town of Al Rai from factions fighting under the banner of the Free Syrian Army, part of months of back-and-forth fighting in northern Aleppo province, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported.

Daesh has declared a cross-border Islamic caliphate in Syria and neighboring Iraq and is also battling other insurgent groups caught up in Syria’s civil war, some of them backed by Turkey and Western powers.

It has made steady gains near the Azaz border crossing with Turkey since last May, but has been pushed back in a number of areas in recent months by rival rebels and Syrian government forces supported by Russian air strikes.

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