Tuesday 17 January 2017

US-led coalition air strikes kill at least 10 in Isis stronghold Raqqa

Published 05/07/2015 | 12:51

A member of ISIL is pictured in Raqqa (REUTERS)
A member of ISIL is pictured in Raqqa (REUTERS)

A series of US-led coalition air strikes targeting the Islamic State group's stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria has killed at least 10 militants and wounded many others.

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The air strikes were confirmed by the coalition, Raqqa-based activists and the Islamic State group itself.

In a statement issued early today, the coalition said it had conducted 16 air strikes throughout Raqqa, destroying vital IS-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria.

An IS-affiliated militant website confirmed the strikes on the centre of the city. It said 10 people were killed and dozens wounded.

Activists reported hearing a series of loud explosions that shook Raqqa.

Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic caliphate declared a year ago by the Islamic State group in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. 

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