Monitor: Russian Airstrike Kills 27 in ISIS Capital of Raqqa

15 ISIS Fighters Also Slain in Attack

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights has reported today that Russian airstrikes against the ISIS capital city of Raqqa left 42 people dead, including 27 civilians and 15 ISIS fighters. The strikes were carried out on Tuesday, and the details are only now emerging.

Russia had indicated on Tuesday that their airstrikes that day were targeted using intelligence from unnamed rebel factions.
It is unclear whether the large civilian toll means the airstrikes were based on faulty intelligence or simply carried out in a densely populated area.

The incident was among the most heavy bombardments of ISIS territory since Russia began carrying out airstrikes in Syria last month. Many of their other strikes have centered on al-Qaeda-dominated territory around the Idlib Province.

The Syrian Observatory put the civilian death toll from Russian strikes in the past month to around 254, with Russia reporting just over 2,000 strikes overall. It is unclear what the combatant toll is at this point.

Author: Jason Ditz

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