RT News & Information Clearinghouse & Agence France-Presse & Richard Lister / BBC News – 2014-09-26 01:32:00
US Bombs Syria: Kills 8 Civilians, Incl. 3 Children
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(September 22, 2014) — Eight civilians, three of them children, have been killed in the US-led air strikes on Al-Qaeda Nusra front positions, Reuters reported, citing Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Washington carried a series of airstrikes on the city of Raqqa in the early hours of Tuesday. At least 30 militants died in the strikes, which were carried out on IS positions in Syria. Washington informed Damascus about the operation, according to a representative of Syrian Foreign Ministry.
“There is an exodus out of Raqqa as we speak. It started in the early hours of the day after the strikes. People are fleeing towards the countryside,” one local resident told Reuters.
The strikes targeted residential buildings in Aleppo allegedly used by Al-Nusra Front, according to Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The US-led coalition’s targets also included training camps, headquarters and weapon supplies in northern and eastern Syria, with many IS locations “destroyed or damaged” around the cities of Raqqa, Deir al-Zor, Hasakah and the border town of Albu Kamal, Reuters reported.
In particular, “[Islamic State] fighters, training compounds, headquarters and command and control facilities, storage facilities, a finance center, supply trucks and armed vehicles” were hit.
Raqqa (Al-Raqqa) is a city with a population of over 200,000 people, and is strategically located just 40km east of the largest Syrian dam. Raqqa is believed to be the IS headquarters.
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At Least 120 Jihadists Dead in US-led Syria Strikes
BEIRUT (September 23, 2014) — US-led air strikes killed at least 120 jihadists in Syria on Tuesday, a monitoring group said.
The dead included more than 70 members of the Islamic State (IS) group in the north and east of Syria, as well as 50 Al-Qaeda militants, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Eight civilians, among them three children, were killed in US strikes in the west of northern Aleppo province, the Observatory said. The group said at least 300 people were injured in the strikes, about 100 of whom were in serious condition.
US Air Strikes Target Islamic State in Syria
Richard Lister / BBC News
(September 23, 2014) — The United States and allies have launched the first air strikes against Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria, the Pentagon has said.
Jordan has confirmed that it was involved in the mission. Bahrain, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are also understood to have “participated in or supported” it.
The US has launched 190 air strikes in Iraq since August but the latest action expands the campaign against the militant group across the national border into Syria.
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