U.S. intensifies strikes against ISIL in northern Syria


ARA News

Al-Hasakah, Syria – The U.S.-led  International Coalition air forces launched in the early hours of Saturday more than 20 air raids on the headquarters and sites of the extremist group of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS), an al-Qaeda offshoot,  in the city of Raqqa and its countryside northeastern Syria, local sources reported.

Speaking to ARA News in Raqqa, civil rights activist Mohammed Khalil reported that warplanes of the U.S.-led coalition targeted the headquarters of the Islamic State in al-Tabqa and it surroundings, as similar bombardment hit the IS headquarters in the Kireen camp and the military airport of Tabqa (where the IS militants killed more than 200 regime soldiers after taking control of it).

“The coalition attacks caused large damage in Tabqa airport and power outages for the entire city, amid reports of casualties in the ranks of the IS militants,” Khalil reported.

“The coalition-linked warplanes carried out about 15 air raids on the IS-held city of Raqqa, targeting the Tallae camp, the military squad 17 and al-Miqas checkpoint, in addition to the administration building, which resulted in structural damage, without reports of injuries,” Khalil added.

This coincided with the international coalition forces targeting the Islamic State headquarters in the suburbs of the city of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) in Aleppo province, northern Syria, and the cities of Tel Serrin and Tel Abyad (Gire Spi).


Reporting by: Jiwan Ibrahim

Source: ARA News

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