Civilians still living in Raqqa have endured appalling barbarism under renegade control by the Islamic State caliphate for years, only to be duly punished by the U. S.-led coalition’s bombing campaign against the militants – the latter apparently so indiscriminate, U. N. war crimes investigators now say it has caused ‘staggering loss of life.’
Coalition bombing of the Islamic State (Daesh) has support of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – an alliance of Kurdish, Arab, and other fighters aligning with the secondary U. S. mission of ousting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – which has seized territorial control around the embattled city from every direction but the south.
But intensive fighting and rapid succession of bombs have precipitated treacherous conditions for civilians in Raqqa – forcing no less than 160,000 to hastily evacuate homes in self-preservation.
According to the BBC, ‘Up to 4,000 militants are believed to be holed up inside Raqqa, including foreign fighters and various senior figures.
‘It is unclear how many civilians are trapped there with them, but UN officials estimated that there are between 50,000 and 100,000.’
This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on JUNE 14, 2017.