IS calls young men to arms in eastern Syria

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Posted: Aug 03, 2017 9:33 AM

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group is calling on young men to take up arms in eastern Syria where government forces are on the march against the extremists.

In a statement distributed Thursday in Deir el-Zour province that borders Iraq, IS called on all men between 20 and 30 who are able to fight to head to mobilization offices within a week.

The call comes as the extremists have lost large parts of areas they controlled in Iraq and Syria, where they declared a caliphate in 2014.

The statement, obtained by The Associated Press from activists in eastern Syria, warns that those who do not join will be undergo questioning and possibly be punished.