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IS 'kidnap more than 300 workers near Damascus'

The Al Badia Cement plant near Damascus Credit: Al Badia Cement

So-called Islamic State have abducted more than 300 cement workers near Damascus, according to Syrian state TV.

The militants launched an assault against government forces in the area this week.

The workers and contractors of Al Badia Cement company - which according to its LinkedIn page employs between 201 and 500 employees - were taken from near the town of Dumeir and the company had lost all contact with them, state TV quoted the industry ministry as saying.

The workers were taken from near the town of Dumeir Credit: Google maps

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'American' Islamic State fighter captured in Iraq

An Islamic State fighter from the United States has reportedly been taken into custody in northern Iraq, according to CNN.

An Islamic State militant with an American passport has reportedly been captured Credit: Reuters

The fighter, who has an American passport, was captured near Sinjar, after emerging from territory controlled by the militant group in Syria.

He was handed over to Kurdish authorities in the region.

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