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Photos show gruesome Islamic State seizure of base

US journalist's mother pleads for his life as photos show killings by Islamic State gunmen
Diaa Hadid And John Heilprin, The Associated Press

BEIRUT - The mother of a hostage American journalist pleaded for his release Wednesday in a video directed at the Islamic State group, while new images emerged of mass killings, including masked militants shooting kneeling men after the capture of a strategic air base in Syria.

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spread in Syria

UN panel: Crimes against humanity spreading in Syria with attacks by govt, Islamic fighters
John Heilprin, The Associated Press

GENEVA - The Syrian government has likely used chlorine gas to attack civilians while the Islamic State group fighting them has committed crimes against humanity with attacks on civilians in two provinces, an independent U.N. commission said Wednesday.

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