32 IS Fighters Killed in Raqqa

32 IS Fighters Killed in Raqqa32 IS Fighters Killed in Raqqa

At least 32 Islamic State fighters were killed and 40 more wounded in Syria’s Raqqa Province on Sunday, in a series of airstrikes believed to be carried out by a US-led coalition targeting the militants, a monitoring group said.

More than 15 explosions hit IS positions in the countryside of Raqqa and near its capital, Raqqa city, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Raqqa is IS’s Syrian stronghold.

The coalition said it hit Raqqa and other areas of northern and eastern Syria on Sunday, Reuters reported.

In central Syria, at least 45 airstrikes, probably carried out by Russia, hit the city of Palmyra, which is also under IS control, the Observatory said. Injuries were reported, but no details on the casualty toll were available.

The United States and its allies have been bombing IS in Iraq and Syria in an effort to drive the group from swathes of territory it controls in both countries.

Britain joined the effort this week after lawmakers approved bombing IS targets in Syria. Hours after the vote, British bombers struck oilfields the government says are being used to fund attacks on the West. They made a second round of strikes on Friday.

Russia is waging a separate air campaign in Syria, which it launched on Sept. 30 in support of President Bashar al-Assad.