UN: 'Staggering loss of life' from US bombing of Raqqa

The battle for the ISIS capital of Raqqa is intensifying as U.S.-backed forces are making their way toward the center of the city.  The fighters are supported by massive U.S. air strikes on ISIS targets in Raqqa itself.  The strikes have resulted in a "massive loss of life," according to the U.N. war crimes commission.  Syrian human rights groups report that at least 300 civilians have died in the air strikes, with many more killed by ISIS as civilians try to escape the city. Reuters: Intensified coalition air strikes have killed at least 300 civilians in the Syrian northern city of Raqqa since March, as U.S.-backed forces close in on the stronghold of Islamic State forces, U.N. war crimes investigators said on Wednesday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led coalition, began to attack Raqqa a week ago to take it from the jihadists. The SDF, supported by heavy coalition air strikes, have...(Read Full Post)