Jihadists advance on ancient Palmyra as US kills top IS leader

Women and children were among 23 people executed in cold blood outside Palmyra (pictured) as fears grew that advancing IS troops would destroy the ancient city renowned as a world heritage siteUS special forces killed a senior Islamic State group leader in a raid in eastern Syria, the White House said Saturday, as jihadists closed in on Syria's ancient Palmyra and Ramadi in Iraq. President Barack Obama ordered the raid on Al-Omar in east Syria on Friday night to capture senior IS leader Abu Sayyaf and his wife Umm Sayyaf, US officials said.

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