70 IS jihadists killed in Syria clashes

Beirut - At least 70 Islamic State jihadist fighters have been killed in 48 hours of clashes with Syrian army troops in the northern province of Raqa, a monitoring group said on Friday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said IS had launched a major push late on Tuesday on Tabqa military airport, the last remaining army stronghold in Raqa, which has been largely overrun by the jihadists.

The assailants had carried out car bomb attacks in their assault but failed to make any breakthrough, the Britain-based group said.

"At least 70 IS fighters have been lost since early on Wednesday in regime air raids, Scud missile blasts and mine explosions," Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.

He said the military was also using barrel bombs to attack IS from the air, the same improvised and crude weaponry it has deployed against rebel-held areas of the northern city of Aleppo with deadly impact.

On Thursday, the army airlifted reinforcements into Tabqa by helicopter, said Abdel Rahman, whose group relies on information from activists and medics on the ground.

IS military gains in Raqa and Aleppo provinces have prompted the Syrian government for the first time to launch intensive air strikes against the jihadists who have seized large swathes of territory straddling Syria and Iraq.

Rebel groups have in the past accused the Damascus regime of avoiding attacks on IS as the Sunni extremist group battles more moderate anti-regime forces.

IS initially worked alongside other rebel groups in Syria, but they turned against it because of its abuses and its bid to dominate seized territory.

Ismail Vally 2014/08/22 03:02:48 PM
The truth will prevail,those who do terrible acts like isis will meet their match,you cant play with god.
Markie Crichton 2014/08/22 03:46:24 PM
Why am I not surprised ‘So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.' ... Matthew 24:33 Jesus said, Matthew 24:6-7 ...'And ye shall hear of wars ... For nation shall rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.' Matthew 24:7 ...'and earthquakes in divers places.' Matthew 24:12 ...'And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall grow cold.' Matthew 24:7 ...'and there shall be famine.' Daniel 12:4 ...'even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.' Matthew 24:37 ...'But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.' Luke 17:28-30 ...'Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank….2 Timothy 3:1 in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. 5 They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. ROMANS10: 9 For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Graeme de Villiers 2014/08/22 04:38:02 PM
I hope that cowardly Brit that cut the journo's head off while hiding behind his black veil was one of the 70, but I sincerely doubt it. I'm pretty sure he's a snivelling coward once his mask and sharp knife are taken away.
Alan Yates 2014/08/22 04:47:56 PM
It is interesting to hear what the Chaldean Catholic Bishop who. in 2014, was driven out of Mosul Iraq along with the few remaining Christians from a community that was in Iraq BEFORE their CENTURIES long OPPRESSION and OCCUPATION and COLONIZATION by Apartheid practicing Muslims from ARABIA (Desert Bedouin Jihadists). He warned the West against accepting Muslim Immigrants as Islam does not hold that all men are created equal and deserve equal treatment before the law...He said that in time Christians, Jews and non-Muslims in the west will face similar crimes against Humanity committed by the Devount Muslim Jihadis of IS in their Jihad for Islam and Sharia. Non Muslims who want to be free of Islam and oppression by Muslims must take heed and make sure that our values of fairness, justice and equality and religious freedom are not taken away from us by angry, bullying and intolerant Muslims. He says it is like inviting guests into your home and then having them kill you when they feel powerful enough.
Mark Wawn 2014/08/22 05:02:58 PM
Those who live by the sword die by the sword.
Alistair Campbell 2014/08/22 05:27:38 PM
Kill them all!
Tried All 2014/08/22 07:41:30 PM
Atheitis, How did you discover these things about news24?
Fayez Chergui 2014/08/24 04:12:58 PM
Ferocity is biblical, killing is biblical, Islam is biblical, Christianity is biblical, ISI is biblical, destruction of the middle East is biblical, 9/11 is biblical, the attack of Iraq is biblical and so on as the beast Yahve said. WAKE UP! before it’s to late...