ISIS hit by air strikes
Area regained by Syrian troops
Syria’s state news agency reported that troops regained control of areas they lost to ISIS in the east of the country after an airstrike by the US-led coalition.
SANA quotes an unnamed military official as saying that dozens of ISIS fighters were killed in the offensive under the cover of Syrian airstrikes.
The Syrian military official said government troops had regained control of areas the extremists captured, “as a result of the American aircraft aggression”.
The US military said it may have unintentionally struck Syrian troops while carrying out a raid against ISIS on Saturday.
Russia’s military said it was told by the Syrian army that at least 62 soldiers were killed in the Deir El Zour air raid and more than 100 wounded.
Meanwhile, world leaders meeting today at the United Nations will be trying to make progress on two intractable problems at the top of the global agenda – the biggest refugee crisis since World War II and the Syrian conflict now in its sixth year that has claimed more than 300,000 lives.
Against a backdrop of rising ethnic and religious tension, fighting elsewhere in the Middle East and Africa, extremist attacks across the world and a warming planet, there are plenty of other issues for the 135 heads of state and government and more than 50 ministers expected to attend to try to tackle.
“It’s no secret there’s a lot of fear out there,” said US Ambassador Samantha Power, citing the uncertainties sparked by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union, the threat posed by ISIS and attacks in many parts of the world by ISIS and other terrorist groups.
But Syria, where a tense cease-fire brokered by Moscow and Washington went into effect last Monday, remains at the top of the agenda at the UN General Assembly’s annual ministerial meeting.
The cease-fire, which does not apply to attacks on ISIS, has largely held despite dozens of alleged violations on both sides.
300,000 People killed in six years since the Syrian conflict began