Dozens of ISIL fighters killed in US-led air strikes in Syria

    Dozens of ISIL fighters killed in US-led air strikes in Syria

    Dec 7, Raqqa: Since the US-led air strikes started in Syria, at least at least 32 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters have been killed.

    The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Sunday said the ISIL members were killed in about 15 strikes on the group's stronghold of Raqqa province in northern Syria.

    Rami Abdel Rahman, from the monitoring group said that the strikes hit ISIL headquarters and bases to the north, east and southeast of Raqqa city, the group's de facto capital.

    Raqqa is frequently the target of air strikes by the US-led coalition, as well as the Syrian air force. Russian jets began an air campaign in Syria in late September and also target the city, news report said.

    The US-led coalition has expanded its operations in recent days, partly in response to the Paris attacks.

    Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Britain voted to join the coalition strikes in Syria, after a heated debate in its parliament and with the strong backing of Prime Minister David Cameron.

    Damascus has repeatedly said the US-led coalition is ineffective and illegal, insisting it cannot uproot ISIL without coordinating with the Syrian government.

    In making the case for military action, Cameron said there were 70,000 moderate Syrian fighters on the ground who could help secure territory cleared by air strikes, Al Jazeera reported.

    The Oslo Times


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