Posted by: infideltaskforce | April 7, 2016

ISIS kidnaps more than 300 Syrian workers, state TV reports

A school destroyed in fighting east of Damascus Monday.

The Islamic State terror group has kidnapped more than 300 workers at a Syrian cement company, state TV reported Thursday.

The al-Badia Cement Company reportedly has its headquarters northeast of Damascus, where ISIS had launched a surprise attack on government troops earlier this week.

Syrian officials said the employer lost all contact with the workers and contractors. They said the kidnapping unfolded near the town of Dumeir, some 25 miles outside Syria’s capital.

Syrian activist groups said the army launched a push Tuesday night aimed at retaking the village of Tel al-Ais, which overlooks the Damascus-Aleppo highway. The village was captured on Monday by rebels allied with Al Qaeda’s affiliate in Syria, the Nusra Front.

The fighting outside Aleppo, the country’s second-largest city, has been the worst since a partial cease-fire agreement came into effect in late February and has threatened to completely derail the agreement, which greatly reduced overall violence in Syria.

The fighting pits Syrian government forces and allied Lebanese Hezbollah militiamen against militants, including the Nusra Front. The recent truce excludes both ISIS and the Al Qaeda branch.

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