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russia to target u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria


moscow—russia escalated tensions with the u.s. on monday, promising to actively track u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria with air defense systems and warplanes, the country’s defense ministry said.in a statement released monday, the russian military said it would treat u.s. and coalition operating west of the euphrates rivers as “aerial targets,” but stopped short of threatening a shootdown.“in regions where the russian...






russia to target u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria


moscow—russia escalated tensions with the u.s. on monday, promising to track u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria with its air defense systems and warplanes, the defense ministry said.in a statement released monday, the russian military said it would treat u.s. and coalition aircraft operating west of the euphrates river as “aerial targets,” but stopped short of threatening to shoot them down.“in regions where the russian...






russia to target u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria


moscow—russia escalated tensions with the u.s. on monday, promising to track u.s. and coalition aircraft over syria with its air defense systems and warplanes, the defense ministry said.in a statement released monday, the russian military said it would treat u.s. and coalition aircraft operating west of the euphrates rivers as “aerial targets,” but stopped short of threatening to shoot them down.“in regions where the russian...






russia says it will start tracking u.s. planes after downing of syrian jet


u.s.-led coalition said air campaign continues despite russia's threats to track u.s. warplanes.        






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll from us-led air strikes


un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".coalition warplanes are supporting an offensive on the is stronghold that was launched last week by an alliance of kurdish and arab fighters.since then, the syrian democratic forces (sdf) have taken territory to the west, east and north of the city.the battle has already led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.






battle for mosul: iraq army mops up final is pockets


media playback is unsupported on your devicemedia captionmilitary commanders say they are close to declaring a complete victorythe iraqi army has been mopping up the last pockets of resistance from islamic state (is) militants in mosul, after a long battle to recapture the city.an official declaration of victory from the government is expected soon. iraqi forces, backed by us-led air strikes, have tried to retake the city since 17 october last year. is seized mosul in june 2014 before sweeping across much of iraq's sunni arab heartland and proclaiming a "caliphate" straddling iraq and syria.but they have been losing ground over the past nine months, as government forces advance on their former iraqi stronghold.kurdish peshmerga fighters, sunni arab tribesmen and shia militiamen, supported






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll from us-led air strikes


image copyrightafpimage caption tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for raqqa un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".coalition warplanes are supporting an offensive on the is stronghold that was launched last week by an alliance of kurdish and arab fighters.since then, the syrian democratic forces (sdf) have taken territory to the west, east and north of the city.the battle has already led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.the coalition has said the capture of raqqa will deliver a "decisive blow" to the caliphate proclaimed by is in june 2014, months after it took control or the city.between 3,000 and 4,000 militants are believed to be hol






russia issues warning after u.s. coalition downs syrian warplane


moscow -- warplanes from the u.s.-led coalition operating over syrian government-controlled areas west of the euphrates river will be tracked as potential targets, russia's defense ministry said monday, a day after the u.s. military shot down a syrian air force jet. moscow condemned the downing of the syrian jet after it dropped bombs near the u.s.-backed syrian democratic forces that are fighting the islamic state of iraq and syria (isis) group in syria's increasingly complicated civil war. the downing of the warplane - the first time in the conflict that the u.s. has shot down a syrian jet - came as iran fired several ballistic missiles at isis in eastern syria in retaliation for two attacks by the extremists in tehran earlier this month that killed 17 people. in a statement, the u.s. mi






syrian warplanes pound rebel-held area in central city


beirut — syrian opposition activists say government warplanes are pounding a rebel-held neighborhood in the central city of homs, killing at least three and wounding dozens.sunday's airstrikes came a day after the al-waer neighborhood was subjected to more than 40 air raids that killed and wounded dozens.the airstrikes appear to be in retaliation for militant attacks in the city on saturday that killed a senior security officer and at least 31 others.the britain-based syrian observatory for human rights and the al-waer-based activist bebars al-talawy said the airstrikes killed three people.the observatory said that in addition to the airstrikes, al-waer is being subjected to shelling.the swift, high-profile attacks against the military intelligence and state security offices were claimed b






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raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault


beirut — as u.s.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the islamic state group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population of raqqa as human shields.a belt of land mines and checkpoints has been laid on roads in and out the northern syrian city to prevent escape. all men have been ordered to wear the jihadis' garb of baggy pants and long shirts, making it difficult to distinguish militants from civilians.hundreds if not thousands of syrians who fled other parts of the country now live in tents in the streets, vulnerable to warplanes or ground fighting. enormous tarps have been stretched for blocks in the city center to hide the militants' movements from spy planes and satellites.the estim






raqqa residents trapped by militants ahead of assault


beirut (ap) — as u.s.-backed forces bear down on the de facto capital of the islamic state group, the militants have taken their strategy of hiding behind civilians further than ever before, effectively using the entire population of raqqa as human shields.a belt of land mines and checkpoints has been laid on roads in and out the northern syrian city to prevent escape. all men have been ordered to wear the jihadis’ garb of baggy pants and long shirts, making it difficult to distinguish militants from civilians.hundreds if not thousands of syrians who fled other parts of the country now live in tents in the streets, vulnerable to warplanes or ground fighting. enormous tarps have been stretched for blocks in the city center to hide the militants’ movements from spy planes and satellites.the






warplanes from syrian base hit by us just carried out airstrikes in homs


syrian warplanes took off from the airbase struck thursday night by u.s. cruise missiles, reuters reports.just in: syrian warplanes take off from air base hit by u.s., carry out strikes in homs countryside – syrian observatory for human rights— reuters top news (@reuters) april 7, 2017according to the syrian observatory for human rights, the planes carried out strikes in rebel-held areas in the homs countryside.the shayrat base was the target of a tomahawk missile strike carried out by the united states late thursday night, a direct response to reports the syrian regime launched a chemical attack on its own citizens tuesday morning.






russia says us-led coalition colludes with is in syria


moscow (ap) — the russian military on friday accused the u.s.-led coalition in syria of providing safe corridors for the islamic state group to leave the area around its stronghold of raqqa.col. gen. sergei surovikin, the commander of russian forces in syria, said is made a deal earlier this month with the kurdish forces to leave two villages southwest of raqqa and move toward palmyra.surovikin said the u.s.-led coalition along with the allied kurds “collude with the leaders of the is, who surrender the areas under their control and head to provinces where syrian government forces operate.”“there is an impression that under the slogan of fighting international terrorism in syria the americans are using is to offer resistance to government forces’ advances,” he said at a briefing.most read






russia threatens to treat u.s. coalition aircraft as targets over syria


russia on monday angrily condemned the downing of a syrian aircraft by a u.s. fighter as a "flagrant violation of international law," and said its forces will treat u.s.-led coalition aircraft and drones as targets if they are operating in syrian airspace west of the euphrates in areas while russian aviation is on combat missions.the russian defense ministry also said it is suspending an agreement to minimize the risk of in-flight incidents between russian and u.s.-led coalition aircraft operating over syria.russia, which has provided military support to syrian president bashar al-assad since 2015, was reacting to u.s. military confirmation that a u.s. f-18 super hornet shot down a syrian su-22 fighter-bomber on sunday. the syrian jet had just dropped bombs near forces known as the syrian






un fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on mosul


image copyrightapimage caption residents carry the bodies of people killed in mosul's jadideh neighbourhood the united nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the iraqi city of mosul.a senior un official in iraq said she was stunned by accounts of "terrible loss of life", after claims that at least 200 people had been killed in an air strike by the us-led coalition. us warplanes are supporting the iraqi army's mission to retake mosul from the islamic state (is).us media reports say an investigation is under way.it is not known exactly when the deaths are alleged to have happened.however, reporters in western mosul's jadideh neighbourhood said they saw 50 bodies being pulled out of buildings on friday, after they were razed in air attacks earlier in ma






un fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on mosul


image copyrightapimage caption residents carry the bodies of people killed in mosul's jadideh neighbourhood the united nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the iraqi city of mosul.a senior un official in iraq said she was stunned by accounts of "terrible loss of life", after claims that at least 200 people had been killed in an air strike by the us-led coalition. us warplanes are supporting the iraqi army's mission to retake mosul from the islamic state (is).us media reports say an investigation is under way.it is not known exactly when the deaths are alleged to have happened.however, reporters in western mosul's jadideh neighbourhood said they saw 50 bodies being pulled out of buildings on friday, after they were razed in air attacks earlier in ma






is holds terrified civilians as human shields in syrian city


beirut — residents of the northern syrian city of raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the islamic state's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with u.s.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.a belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis' garb of baggy pants and long shirts — making it difficult to distinguish islamic state militants from civilians.hundreds if not thousands of syrians who fled from other parts of the country now live in tents in raqqa's streets, vulnerable to both warplanes and ground fighting. enormous tarps have been stretched for blocks in the city center to hide the militants' movements from spy planes and satellites.the estimat






un fears 200 died in coalition airstrike on mosul


media captionthousands of civilians flee mosul fearing being caught up in airstrikesthe united nations has raised grave concerns about reports of high civilian casualties in the iraqi city of mosul.a senior un official in iraq said she was stunned by accounts of "terrible loss of life", after claims that at least 200 people had been killed in an air strike by the us-led coalition. us warplanes are supporting the iraqi army's mission to retake mosul from the islamic state (is).us media reports say an investigation is under way.it is not known exactly when the deaths are alleged to have happened.however, reporters in western mosul's jadideh neighbourhood said they saw 50 bodies being pulled out of buildings on friday, after they were razed in air attacks earlier in march.iraqi forces have be






is holds terrified civilians as human shields in syrian city – the denver post


by bassem mroue and lori hinnant, the associated pressbeirut – residents of the northern syrian city of raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the islamic state’s de facto capital ahead of the final battle with u.s.-backed opposition forces for the militant group’s last major urban stronghold.a belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis’ garb of baggy pants and long shirts — making it difficult to distinguish islamic state militants from civilians.hundreds if not thousands of syrians who fled from other parts of the country now live in tents in raqqa’s streets, vulnerable to both warplanes and ground fighting. enormous tarps have been stretched for blocks in the city center to hide the militants






u.s.-led airstrike on syrian city kills more than 100; criticism of air campaign


warplanes of the u.s.-led coalition pounded an eastern syrian city thursday and friday, killing more than 100 family members of islamic state jihadists, activists and a monitoring group said. the u.n. condemned the escalating airstrike campaign on the northeastern provinces of the country.two coalition airstrikes — on thursday evening and early friday morning — on the city of mayadeen, which lies on a segment of the euphrates river that straddles iraq and syria, killed 106 people, said the syrian observatory for human rights, a monitoring group with a network of activists in syria.“in these two days alone, coalition airstrikes on the city of mayadeen killed 47 children, and the rest of the victims … the vast majority were women.” rami abdul rahman, head of the group, said in a phone interv






sdf launch major offensive to capture isil-held raqqa | syria news


the us-backed syrian democratic forces (sdf) have begun a battle to capture raqqa, isil's de facto capital in syria, launching attacks from the east, west and north of the city.in a phone interview with reuters news agency from syria on tuesday, sdf spokesman talal silo said the operation started on monday and the fighting would be "fierce because isil will die to defend their so-called capital".the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis) group captured the city from rebel groups in 2014 and has since used it as their home base."the coalition has a big role in the success of the operations. in addition to warplanes, there are coalition forces working side by side with the syrian democratic forces," silo said.the uk-based syrian observatory for human rights said the






us-led coalition strikes pro-assad forces in syria


us-led coalition aircraft on thursday struck a pro-regime convoy in syria as it headed toward a remote coalition garrison near the jordanian border, a us defense official said, afp reported.“a convoy going down the road didn’t respond to numerous ways for it to be warned off from getting too close to coalition forces in at-tanf,” the official told afp on condition of anonymity. “then there was finally a strike against the lead portion of that movement.”






airstrike by u.s.-led coalition mistakenly kills 18 allies in syria


washington—the u.s.-led military coalition battling islamic state mistakenly killed 18 of its own allies in a misdirected airstrike in syria, the u.s. military said thursday.the fighters, members of a kurdish-arab coalition allied with the u.s., were killed after providing the u.s. coalition with the wrong coordinates for the target they wanted...






sdf launch major offensive to capture isil-held raqqa | syria news


the us-backed syrian democratic forces (sdf) have begun a battle to capture raqqa, isil's de facto capital in syria, launching attacks from the east, west and north of the city.syria army in crossroads with rebel group over mission to take isil’s raqqain a phone interview with reuters news agency from syria on tuesday, sdf spokesman talal silo said the operation started on monday and the fighting would be "fierce because isil will die to defend their so-called capital".the islamic state of iraq and the levant (also known as isis) group captured the city from rebel groups in 2014 and has since used it as thier home base."the coalition has a big role in the success of the operations. in addition to warplanes, there are coalition forces working side by side with the syrian democratic forces,"






sdf launch major offensive to capture isil-held raqqa | syria news


the us-backed syrian democratic forces (sdf) have begun a battle to capture raqqa, isil's de facto capital in syria, launching attacks from the east, west and north of the city.syria army in crossroads with rebel group over mission to take isil’s raqqain a phone interview with reuters news agency from syria on tuesday, sdf spokesman talal silo said the operation started on monday and the fighting would be "fierce because isil will die to defend their so-called capital".the islamic state of iraq and the levant (also known as isis) group captured the city from rebel groups in 2014 and has since used it as thier home base."the coalition has a big role in the success of the operations. in addition to warplanes, there are coalition forces working side by side with the syrian democratic forces,"






syrian opposition monitors say coalition airstrikes hit school


beirut—opposition groups that monitor the syrian conflict said wednesday that coalition aircraft struck a school this week sheltering the homeless near the militant-held city of raqqa, leaving at least 33 syrians dead. one of the groups, the u.k.-based syrian observatory for human rights, described the bombing monday as a “new massacre committed by the u.s.-led coalition.”the coalition said wednesday it had “no indication”...






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll in strikes on is


image copyrightafpimage caption tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for raqqa un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed since march, as coalition warplanes support an offensive by a kurdish-led alliance.in the past week. syrian democratic forces (sdf) fighters have pushed into the west, east and north of raqqa.the battle for the city has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.the coalition has said the capture of raqqa will deliver a "decisive blow" to the caliphate proclaimed by is in june 2014, months after it took control or the city.up to 4,000 militants are believed to be holed u






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll in strikes on is


image copyrightafpimage caption tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for raqqa un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed since march, as coalition warplanes support an offensive by a kurdish-led alliance.in the past week. syrian democratic forces (sdf) fighters have pushed into the west, east and north of raqqa.the battle for the city has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.the coalition has said the capture of raqqa will deliver a "decisive blow" to the caliphate proclaimed by is in june 2014, months after it took control or the city.up to 4,000 militants are believed to be holed u






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll in strikes on is


image copyrightafpimage caption tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for raqqa un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed since march, as coalition warplanes support an offensive by a kurdish-led alliance.in the past week, syrian democratic forces (sdf) fighters have pushed into the west, east and north of raqqa.the battle for the city has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.the coalition has said the capture of raqqa will deliver a "decisive blow" to the caliphate proclaimed by is in june 2014, months after it took control or the city.up to 4,000 militants are believed to be holed u






raqqa battle: 'staggering' civilian toll in strikes on is


image copyrightafpimage caption tens of thousands of civilians have been displaced by the fighting for raqqa un war crimes investigators say us-led coalition air strikes on islamic state militants in the syrian city of raqqa are causing "staggering loss of life".hundreds of civilians are reported to have been killed since march, as coalition warplanes support an offensive by a kurdish-led alliance.in the past week, syrian democratic forces (sdf) fighters have pushed into the west, east and north of raqqa.the battle for the city has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.the coalition has said the capture of raqqa will deliver a "decisive blow" to the caliphate proclaimed by is in june 2014, months after it took control or the city.up to 4,000 militants are believed to be holed u






iraq war map: who controls what | isis


after more than a decade of instability, parts of iraq still lie in shambles, with several forces and groups fighting for control of large parts of the country.supported by air strikes from us-led coalition warplanes, the iraqi government and kurdish forces have been trying to take territory from the islamic state of iraq and the levant (isil, also known as isis) armed group.currently, mosul is isil's only stronghold in the country, the group having suffered a number of territorial losses over the past few months.isil has been losing territory not only in iraq, but also in syria, as this map of the syrian civil war shows.






civilian casualties mount as coalition moves to oust isis in raqqa


syrian civilians face rising peril and increasing casualties as the u.s.-led coalition ramps up its campaign to capture the islamic state stronghold of raqqa and militants try to hold on to their dwindling territory, according to the united nations and groups that monitor the conflict.an estimated 200,000 people are trapped in raqqa and at risk from airstrikes by the coalition. those who want to try to escape the city must choose between crossing the euphrates river, a frequent target of coalition airstrikes, or...






syrian opposition calls on us to spare civilians in raqqa


beirut — a leading syrian opposition group is calling on the u.s.-led coalition to stop targeting residential areas in and around raqqa, the islamic state group's de facto capital.the syrian national coalition says it is "increasingly concerned" about civilian casualties in the campaign against the extremist group. the exiled opposition coalition is taking part in u.n.-mediated talks in geneva.the snc says it believes coalition forces were behind an airstrike that killed at least 30 civilians sheltering in a school in the countryside outside raqqa on march 21. the coalition has said it is investigating.the u.s. has provided substantial air and ground support to the kurdish-led syrian democratic forces, who are closing in on raqqa.






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russia criticizes us-led coalition over bombing of syria dam


moscow — a senior russian general has criticized the u.s.-led coalition fighting islamic state militants for allegedly targeting infrastructure — including a key dam — in territory held by the extremist group in syria.col. gen. sergei rudskoi of the military's general staff on tuesday accused the coalition of trying to "completely destroy critical infrastructure in syria and complicate post-war reconstruction as much as possible."rudskoi further claimed that coalition jets had destroyed four bridges over the euphrates river in syria and hit the tabqa dam to the west of the extremists' de facto capital of raqqa.rudskoi said that the collapse of the dam would case an "ecological catastrophe" and lead to "numerous" civilian deaths.the u.s.-led coalition says it's taking every precaution and t






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