800+ killed in US strikes on Syria

2014-11-12 17:14
(Aris Messinis, AFP)

(Aris Messinis, AFP)

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Beirut - At least 865 people have been killed since a US-led coalition launched an air campaign against jihadist groups in Syria in September, a monitoring group said on Wednesday.

Fifty civilians, including eight children, were among the dead, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

At least 746 Islamic State fighters and 68 members of Syrian al-Qaeda affiliate the al-Nusra Front have been killed in the raids, the Britain-based group said.

It added that real casualty figures were likely to be higher as the Islamic State tended to conceal its losses.

The US and allies launched airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Syria on 23 September, with the US going it alone the same day to hit al-Nusra Front.

Al-Nusra was hit again last week, along with Islamist group Ahrar al-Sham prompting warnings from the Syrian opposition and analysts that the US campaign was causing anger in Syria and exposing Western-backed rebels to pre-emptive attacks by the extremists.

The Islamic State has been targeted in scores of raids, many of them around the Kurdish town of Kobane which it has been seeking to capture since mid-September.

Kobane's defenders Wednesday claimed to have captured a key Islamic State supply route and to have advanced towards Mishte Nur hill, which overlooks the besieged town from the south.

The Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units have been backed up by a small detachment of Iraqi Kurdish Peshmerga with heavy artillery who entered the enclave via Turkey at the end of October.

The fighting has forced an estimated 200 000 civilians to flee to Turkey, which is in possession of the Mursitpinar border crossing, the only access point not controlled by the Islamic State group.

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