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At least 400 killed by ISIL in Palmyra - Syrian TV

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At least 400 killed by ISIL in Palmyra - Syrian TV

<p>Syrian state television has said at least 400 people, mostly women and children, have been killed by self-proclaimed Islamic State fighters in Palmyra.</p> <p>The reports have not been independently confirmed.</p> <p>However the information is consistent with accounts from activists who say the jihadists have been executing people since capturing the ancient city.</p> <p>Comments on social media said hundreds of bodies – believed to be those of government supporters – were lying in the streets.</p> <p>Meanwhile the Syrian military is also battling separate rebel forces from the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front in the northern Idlib province.</p> <p>State TV showed what it said were wounded soldiers freed after a siege at a hospital was broken.</p> <p>It claimed that 300 insurgents had been killed by the Syrian air force.</p> <p>In Iraq where <span class="caps">ISIL</span> has taken control of Ramadi, the government has deployed Shi’ite militias to the area to try to halt the jihadists’ advance.</p> <p>As the US continues to lead air strikes with its allies against <span class="caps">ISIL</span> targets, the American Defense Secretary has said the fall of Ramadi showed that Iraqi forces had demonstrated “no will to fight”.</p> <p><a href="http://edition.cnn.com/2015/05/24/politics/ashton-carter-isis-ramadi/index.html">Speaking on <span class="caps">CNN</span>’s ‘State of the Union’ programme</a>, Ashton Carter said they vastly outnumbered the opposing force but still withdrew from the site.</p> <p>The US has been training and arming Iraqi forces since withdrawing its combat troops at the end of 2011.</p>