ISIS Seizes Syrian Border Crossing With Iraq, Monitor Group Says

05/21/2015 03:51 pm ET

BEIRUT, May 21 (Reuters) - The Islamic State militant group has seized Syria's last border crossing with Iraq after Syrian government forces withdrew, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group said on Thursday.

The al-Tanf crossing, known as al-Waleed in Iraq, is in Syria's Homs province, where Islamic State on Wednesday seized the historic city of Palmyra from government forces. An Islamic State fighter contacted by Reuters confirmed the group had taken control of the crossing, which is a 240 km (150 mile) drive from Palmyra. (Reporting by Tom Perry and Mariam Karouny; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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