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Scores killed as ISIS bombs hit Syrian regime strongholds

Islamic State claims responsibility for bomb blasts that killed at least 80 people in normally peaceful areas along Syria’s Mediterranean coast • Violence undermines peace talks set to take place in Geneva • Russia vows support for “Syrian partners.”


A series of coordinated blasts hit bus stations, an electricity plant and a hospital across two Syrian cities Monday, killing at least 80 people in the first major security breach of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s coastal strongholds in the country’s five-year war.

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for the attack on social media. Islamic State is not known to maintain a presence in the surrounding countryside, an area in which mainstream rebels and al-Qaida affiliated fighters form the predominant opposition to Assad’s forces.

The seven closely-coordinated morning blasts in the pro-government cities of Tartus and Jableh targeted civilians in large numbers, and seemed intended


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