Syria air strikes: US-led coalition attacks Isis positions in Homs and Raqqa

Strikes targeted compounds for the jihadi group

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The Independent Online

US-led air strikes have targeted Isis fighters and other Islamist groups in Syria's Homs province, activists said on Saturday morning.

The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks targeted compounds for the jihadi group in Homs.

At least 31 explosions were also heard in the province of Raqqa, a stronghold of Isis (also known as Islamic State), adding casualties were reported.

The Local Coordination Committees (LCC), another activist group, said the Saturday strikes hit the eastern province of Deir el-Zour as well as Raqqa.

The LCC also said the coalition targeted wheat silos west of the eastern city of Deir el-Zour.

The US and Arab coalition, which began its aerial campaign against Islamic State fighters in Syria early Tuesday, aims to roll back and ultimately crush the extremist group, which has created a proto-state spanning the Syria-Iraq border.

On Thursday, MPs overwhelmingly approved supporting the coalition with air strikes against Isis targets in Iraq.

Six RAF Tornados will launch attacks within days after the Commons voted by 524 to 43 to approve intervention in Iraq.