Foreign forces target ISIL stronghold in Syria’s Raqqa: Activists


ISIL headquarters in Syria's Raqqa. File photo

ARA News

Urfa, Turkey – Foreign air forces launched several raids and parachutist landing operations in the countryside of Raqqa city, targeting a camp of the Islamic State (previously known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant ‘ISIL’) on Saturday, local activists from Raqqa province told ARA News.

Local activists in Raqqa stated to ARA News that the parachutist landing was carried out by non-Syrian forces, believed to be led by American and Jordanian forces, against the ISIL-held camp of al-Akershi –known as the Camp of Sheikh Osama bin Laden in the eastern countryside of Raqqa city.

According to activists, the operations were backed by the pro-Assad military forces, who targeted the camp with heavy weapons, and then non-Syrian forces carried out parachutist landing. The operations led to the death of five militants of the Islamic State, including leading members of the group, activists reported.

Meanwhile, Iraqi local media broadcasted earlier on Thursday images of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader if the Islamic State while injured in an air strike on an ISIL-held base east of al-Anbar province in Iraq. However, al-Baghdadi appeared on Saturday in Mosul city while delivering a speech in the city’s central mosque, according to ISIL-linked activists.


Reporting by: Hana Muslim

Source: ARA News

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