US in series of air strikes against ISIS Syrian stronghold
The US-led coalition against the Islamic State group said Sunday it had carried out a series of 16 air strikes in Syria on its main stronghold, Raqqa, calling this one of its largest assaults in Syria so far. US military spokesman Lt Col Thomas Gilleran said: "The significant air strikes tonight were executed to deny Daesh [IS] the ability to move military capabilities throughout Syria and into Iraq." DEBKAfile: This number of air strikes was too small to have the effect claimed. The raids followed the release of an ISIS video showing young teenagers shooting dead 25 Syrian men in the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra..