Date
24 July 2017
Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic caliphate that Islamic State declared last year in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. Photo: Reuters
Raqqa is the de facto capital of the so-called Islamic caliphate that Islamic State declared last year in territories it controls in Iraq and Syria. Photo: Reuters

US-led coalition pounds Syrian stronghold of Islamic State

A US-led coalition unleashed a series of airstrikes targeting Islamic State’s stronghold of Raqqa in eastern Syria, killing at least 10 militants and wounding many others, The Wall Street Journal reported.

At least 16 airstrikes were reported late Saturday and early Sunday, triggering explosions that shook the city and created panic among residents, activists said.

While the coalition often targets Islamic State-held towns and cities in Syria, the overnight strikes on Raqqa were unusual in their intensity, the report said.

In a statement issued early Sunday, the coalition said it had conducted 16 airstrikes throughout Raqqa, destroying vital Islamic State-controlled structures and transit routes in Syria.

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

An Islamic State-affiliated militant website confirmed the strikes on the center of the city, saying 10 people were killed and dozens wounded.

It also published purported photos of dead victims, including two of young boys suggesting they were civilians.

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