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Officials: Islamic State killed dozens before being run out of Syria town

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Islamic State kills dozens before fleeing Syrian townBefore Islamic State forces were expelled from the Syrian town of al-Qaryatayn, they killed dozens of civilians in what appears to be a revenge attack, pro-government forces said.

Syrian government and pro-government forces retook the ancient oasis town over the weekend. When they surveyed the damage, they found at least 45 civilians dead.

Al-Masdar News reported the targeted civilians escaped al-Qaryatayn when it was overtaken by IS militants in 2015 -- and returned when it was liberated last year.

The town, 190 miles from Deir Ezzor, was an Islamic State stronghold again retaken by militants after heavy fighting last month -- in which 153 Syrian government and pro-government troops died.


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