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US-Led Airstrikes in Syria Kill 30,
(March 9, 2015) — According to reports, several Islamic State group militants were killed in the attack, but the remainder were civilians and workers.
A non-governmental organization says at least 30 people were killed Sunday during a US-led airstrikes on an Islamic State group-controlled oil refinery in northern Syria.
According to reports from the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, several militants were killed in the attack. However, the rest of the victims were civilians and workers. Syrian authorities have not yet made an official statement.
The Islamic State group controls some of the oil-producing regions of Syria, and the US-led coalition regularly targets the oil infrastructure there, saying the extremist organization smuggles oil for part of its funding.
However, critics say the attacks are also destroying the only civilian economic infrastructure in those regions.
The US and its Gulf allies began their bombing campaign against the Islamic State group last summer and since late September its forces have been conducting airstrikes against the extremist organization’s positions in Syria and Iraq without authorization from the Syrian government or the U.N. Security Council.
The coalition has conducted more than 2,300 airstrikes in Iraq and Syria so far, according to data from the US Department of Defense.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. According to international organizations on the ground, more than 191,000 people have been killed in over the last three years, mostly in fighting between the Syrian army and western-backed armed opposition groups looking to oust the government of President Bashar Assad.
US Airstrike Kills More than 50 Syrian Civilians
(January 19, 2015) — According to the news outlet McClatchy, the US conducted an airstrike on December 28, 2014, which resulted in the death of at least 50 civilians. The airstrike hit a makeshift jail made by ISIS, where they imprisoned Syrian civilians for crimes including wearing jeans, smoking, and being late for prayers.
If the numbers given to McClatchy by eyewitnesses and the Syrian Network for Human Rights are correct, this would be the worst case of civilian casualties since the US’ air campaign against ISIS began last August. The Resident discusses.
Syria Condemns Turkish Troop
Invasion of its Territory
(February 22, 2015) — The Turkish military did not seek permission from Syria to carry out the mission to rescue the remains of a historically important figure.
A mission to rescue 38 soldiers guarding the tomb of a historic Turkish figure in Syria who had been trapped by Islamic State group (I.S.) fighters for eight months ended successfully, Turkish officials said Sunday.
The Turkish military did not seek permission from Syria to carry out the mission, Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoglu, told a news conference, but said it had informed the US-led anti-I.S. coalition of the plan once it was in action.
The move led to condemnation from the Syrian Foreign Ministry, saying that Turkey “committed an act of flagrant aggression on Syrian land.”
The Turkish soldiers were protecting the tomb of Suleyman Shah, the grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, when they were surrounded by I.S. fighters. The militants believe that reverence to burial sites is idolatrous, and would have destroyed the monument.
According to Ankara sources, both the remains and soldiers have been safely evacuated to Turkey and the buildings containing them destroyed to prevent their use for other means. One soldier, however, died in an â€œaccident.â€
Turkey considers the site of the tomb in Syria to be its sovereign territory, due to an agreement when the land was held as a French colony. However Syria that the agreement would have required it to give permission for the action.
Tensions between the two nations have been mounting in recent years and last week the United States and Turkey signed an agreement to train and equip opposition rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
On Sunday, a statement from the Syrian Foreign Ministry reiterated criticisms that Turkey has been reluctant to join the fight against the deadly I.S. militants, due to its opposition to Syrian President Bashar Assad. â€œTurkey does not cease in its various donations to (Islamic State) gangs, al-Nusra and other terrorist organizations related the al-Qaeda organization,” read the statement.
Turkey was criticized for its lack of support to the neighboring Kurdish town of Kobani when it was subjected to a devastating I.S. invasion in 2014. The group was recently beaten out by Kurdish forces and US air-strikes.
At Least 50 Civilians Killed in US-led Airstrikes in Syria
(November 26, 2014) — The UN chief says at least 50 civilians have been killed in US-led air strikes, in Syria since September. RT gets reaction on the matter from Jeremy Corbyn, British Member of Parliament . READ â€ªhttp://on.rt.com/us5eag
Syrian Rebels Reject UN Cease-Fire Proposal
(March 1, 2015) — The plan aimed at achieving a six-week truce in the embattled city of Aleppo. The Syrian Revolutionary Council â€” which gathers the main so-called moderate rebel groups â€” rejected a cease-fire brokered by United Nations.
U.N. envoy Staffan de Mistura had been working for weeks to broker a truce which would allow much-needed humanitarian aid into the city of Aleppo. The proposal was rejected by the Syrian rebels on the grounds that they would only meet with the envoy if President Bashar Assad’s exit was a condition.
“We refuse to meet with Mr. Staffan de Mistura if it is not on the basis of a comprehensive solution to Syria’s drama through the exit of Bashar al-Assad and his chief of staff, and the prosecution of war criminals,” the council said in a statement.
De Mistura had proposed a six-week truce between rebel groups and the government, which are battling to control Aleppo, Syria’s largest city.
Assad’s government had agreed last week to halt all aerial bombardments for six weeks. Under the plan, rebels would be asked to suspend rocket and mortar fire there during the freeze.
The U.N. envoy was due to meet with government and rebel forces separately to finalize the deal this weekend, but the plan failed after the rebel forces issued their statement.
Groups such as the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which are represented through the Syrian Revolutionary Council, are heavily backed by Western nations.
The Revolutionary Council had expressed its mistrust in de Mistura earlier in February after the U.N. official said Assad was part of the solution to Syria’s conflict.
US-led Airstrikes Kill 10 Civilians Across Syria
(October 18, 2014) — At least ten civilians have been killed in two separate airstrikes in Syria by military aircraft involved in the so-called US-led military campaign against the ISIL Takfiri militants.
The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights announced on Saturday that three people, including a child, died in an air raid on Thursday night against a village in the northeastern province of al-Hassakah.
Seven other civilians were killed when an airstrike hit a gas plant on Friday near the town of al-Khasham is the eastern Deir ez-Zor Province, where ISIL militants are in control of the majority of the oil-rich area.
Since late September, the US along with its regional allies, has been conducting airstrikes against the ISIL inside Syria without any authorization from Damascus or a UN mandate.
This is while many of the countries joining the so-called anti-terror coalition, such as Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, have been the staunch supporters of the ISIL Takfiri elements in the Middle East region.
The airstrikes by US and its allies are an extension of the US-led aerial campaign against the ISIL positions in Iraq, which started in August.
The ISIL terrorists currently control large swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq. They have committed terrible atrocities in both countries, including mass executions and beheading of local residents as well as foreign nationals.
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