Airstrikes Kill 18 Civilians in ISIS Capital of Raqqa

2-6 Children Believed to Be Among the Slain

by Jason Ditz, June 22, 2016

Details are still somewhat in dispute, but a series of airstrikes against the de facto ISIS capital city of Raqqa, in northeastern Syria, have killed at least 18 people, including a number of children, and wounded dozens of others.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported six children among the slain, while Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently (RBSS) claimed only two children, saying the attack targeted a part of the city popular with foreign ISIS fighters.

Exactly who launched the airstrikes is also still a mystery. RBSS blamed Russia, while the Observatory simply said it was unknown. The US confirmed four strikes near Raqqa in the same timeframe, but as usual insisted it was only hitting “fighters.”

ISIS has been facing pressure in the Raqqa Province, with pro-US forces attacking the northern city of Manbij, and the Syrian military pushing into the southern part of the province, before eventually being repelled in a counterattack.

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