15 civilians die in US-led airstrikes in Syria

Damascus, Feb 18 (IANS) At least 15 civilians were killed on Thursday in US-led airstrikes in Syria’s northeastern province of al-Hasakah, a monitor group reported.

The airstrikes targeted areas controlled by the Islamic State group in al-Hasakah, according to the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which says it relies on activists on the ground inside Syria, Xinhua reported.

The air raids apparently came in support of the Kurdish-backed Syria Democratic Forces, which is approaching the IS-held city of Shaddadi in the countryside of al-Hasakah.

The US-led coalition started its operations specifically against the IS group in Syria over a year ago.

Syrian officials have repeatedly questioned the intention and seriousness of the US coalition in the war on terror.

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