Airstrikes Pound ISIS in Raqqa

At least 32 fighters dead; unclear if France, Russia, or US is doing the bombing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 6, 2015 1:02 PM CST
This December 2015 photo by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a French army jet on the tarmac of an undisclosed air base as part of Operation Chammal against ISIS.   (French Air Force/ECPAD via AP)

(Newser) – Airstrikes hit several positions of the Islamic State group in its de facto capital of Raqqa in northern Syria on Sunday, killing and wounding at least 15 people, opposition activists and social media pages loyal to ISIS said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 15 blasts shook the northern and eastern outskirts of Raqqa on Sunday, killing 32 ISIS fighters and wounding more than 40. A Raqqa-based activist group that reports on ISIS, known as Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently, said warplanes struck ISIS positions on the edge of the city. It had no word on casualties.

RBSS did not say which country carried out the airstrikes while the Observatory said they are believed to be from the US-led coalition that began targeting ISIS in Syria in September 2014. A Facebook page used by ISIS supporters said the airstrikes were carried out by Russian warplanes on the outskirts of Raqqa and killed 15 people, including eight children and five women. It said 25 people were wounded in the airstrikes. Airstrikes on Raqqa have intensified after last month's attack in Paris that killed 130 people and the Oct. 31 crash of a Russian passenger plane in the Sinai Peninsula. ISIS claimed responsibility for both attacks. Russia and a US-led coalition that includes France have been pounding Raqqa.

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