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300 Cement Workers Kidnapped by ISIS: Syrian State TV

BEIRUT — ISIS militants kidnapped 300 cement workers in an area northeast of Damascus where the militants launched an assault against government forces this week, Syrian state television said Thursday.

The workers and contractors of the Al Badia Cement company were taken from near the town of Dumeir and their employer had lost all contact with them, state TV quoted the industry ministry as saying.

NBC News could not immediately verify the report.

Earlier, the Combined Joint Task Force said that the United States and its allies conducted 27 strikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday.

In a statement, it said eight strikes near four cities in Syria hit five tactical units, disabled seven well-heads and destroyed fighting positions, a rocket system and four vehicles.

Image: A Google map, showing Dumeir to the northeast of Damascus in Syria.
A Google map, showing Dumeir to the northeast of Damascus in Syria. Google Maps