Author Topic: Assad forces launch air strikes on key ISIL sites near Iraq border  (Read 201 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline rangerrebew

  • America defending Veteran
  • TBR Contributor
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 70,754
  • “It’s easier to fool people than to convince them
Assad forces launch air strikes on key ISIL sites near Iraq border

Special to

NICOSIA — For the first time, Syria has attacked the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Opposition sources said the Syrian Air Force launched air strikes on ISIL positions in northern Syria near the border with Iraq.

They cited air strikes on ISIL headquarters in Raqqa and Hasaka, areas under Al Qaida
 control for more than a year.

“This was the first time ISIL was directly attacked by the [Syrian President Bashar] Assad regime,” a source said.

[On June 16, at least 25 people were killed in barrel bomb attacks on Syria's northern city of Aleppo. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air force targeted Sukari, a neighborhood divided between the regime and rebels.]

The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the air force
 strikes on ISIL took place on June 14-15. Syrian Observatory cited more than
 five air force sorties amid the flow of weapons and fighters from
 neighboring Iraq. Seven people, including two ISIL fighters, were reported
 to have been killed.

“These attacks took place in coordination with Iraqi authorities,”
Syrian Observatory director Rami Abdul Rahman said.

For more than a year, the opposition has accused ISIL of working with
 the Assad regime as well as Iran. In 2014, ISIL killed thousands of rebel
 fighters in northern Syria, many of them financed by Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Syria has offered to provide military support to Iraq amid the ISIL
 offensive north of Baghdad. The sources said the air force strikes were
 meant to disrupt ISIL supplies to the Iraqi city of Mosul.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2014, 05:29:55 AM by rangerrebew »
"Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim tribute to patriotism who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness -- these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. . . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principles."
George Washington

"Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become more corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters."
Benjamin Franklin

Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo