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Palestinian forces, Syrian troops ready for ISIS if talks fail

By BASSEM MROUE and ALBERT AJI The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 19, 2018 at 3:35 a.m. Updated April 19, 2018 at 3:35 a.m.

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In this picture taken on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, Khaled Abdul-Majid, a leader of Palestinian Resistance Factions Coalition speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Damascus, Syria. Syrian troops and pro-government Palestinian gunmen have been sending reinforcements and fortifying their positions around a refugee camp held by the Islamic State group south of the capital Damascus in preparations for an all-out offensive against the extremists if negotiations for their departure from the area fails. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

Syrian troops and allied Palestinian fighters are preparing for an offensive on the last Islamic State bastion in the capital if talks on an evacuation deal fall through.

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