Rus­sia ‘bombed’ US-backed force

The Sunday Telegraph - - World News -

A US-backed force bat­tling the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (Isil) in east­ern Syria yes­ter­day ac­cused regime and Rus­sian planes of bomb­ing its fight­ers.

It is the first time the Syr­ian Demo­cratic Forces have said they have been hit by Rus­sia. The SDF and Rus­sian-backed Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces are con­duct­ing par­al­lel but sep­a­rate of­fen­sives against Isil in Deir Ez­zor. Ro­drigo Duterte, the Philip­pines pres­i­dent, yes­ter­day asked the head of the coun­try’s Com­mis­sion on Hu­man Rights (CHR) if he was a pae­dophile for fo­cus­ing on the killing of teenagers in the gov­ern­ment’s war on drugs.

Mr Duterte’s re­marks came amid a row about the fund­ing given to the CHR.

Chito Gas­con, head of the CHR, did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to the re­marks.

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