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Regime planes bombard Islamic State positions as fighters close in on Tabqa air base in northern Raqqa province.
Islamic State-controlled city of Raqqa comes under intense air bombardment, ending an undeclared truce between sides.
Al-Qaeda offshoot is seeing its influence rapidly grow as its seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate.
Armed group also bans Christians from renovating churches, displaying religious symbols and praying in public.
Al-Qaeda-linked group take the northern city after fierce fighting with a loose coalition of rebel groups.
The recent infighting has been the most serious since armed groups initially rose to try overthrow Bashar al-Assad.
Activists say 12 people dead and dozens more wounded in aerial raid on secondary school in northeastern city of Raqqa.
Actions of some rebel groups operating in the northern city of al-Raqqah raise fears among citizens.
Even moderates back group with hard-line fighters despite radical ideology in absence of Western help to topple Assad.
Air raids carried out in and around capital, as rights group releases report about secret prisons holding activists.
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