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Unknown planes bomb ISIS positions in N. Iraq, Pentagon denies it’s US

Published time: June 24, 2014 15:01
Edited time: June 25, 2014 20:11
Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), (Reuters / Stringer)

Fighters of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), (Reuters / Stringer)

Unidentified bombers have reportedly launched an air strike on ISIS positions in the northern Iraqi city of al-Qaim. Iraqi television has claimed they are US planes, but the Pentagon has denied responsibility.

US planes were identified by Iraqi television, but the Saudi Al-Arabiya network claims that the raid was carried out by Syria, citing local tribal chiefs.

ABC News cited a US official as saying that the Syrian air force is thought to have launched the air strike. The US has “pretty good information that the Syrians are behind the fighter aircraft bombing in western Al Anbar,” the official said.

The Turkish Anadolu Agency has claimed that 20 people have died, and 25 more were injured in the raid, which allegedly targeted the local market.

The radical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) has taken large parts of the north of the country from the Shia government, pushing Prime Minister Nouri Maliki to request support from the United States and neighboring Shia states.

Syria’s President Bashar Assad is an Alawite, following a branch of Shia teachings.

Despite Maliki’s plea for air strikes last week, the White House has made no commitment beyond saying that they are “an option.” It has, however, dispatched 300 'military advisors' to help the government.

Iraq’s own air force has been carrying out attacks from on insurgent strongholds over the past week.

Comments (142)


Freethinker 29.06.2014 13:20

If they are not USA planes we have a new invisible world military force - a Rambo of the airways.


John Dillinger 26.06.2014 17:54

But whenever human faith comes to embrace a pure and holy religion, superstition not only becomes useless, but very dangerous. We should not seek to nourish ourselves on acorns when God gives us bread.
Superstit ion is to religion what astrology is to astronomy: the foolish daughter of a very wise mother. These two daughters, superstition and astrology, have subjugated the world for a long time.


John Dillinger 26.06.2014 17:53

When men do not have healthy notions of the Divinity, false ideas supplant them, just as in bad times one uses counterfeit money when there is no good money. The pagan feared to commit any crime, out of fear of punishment by his false gods; the Malabarian fears to be punished by his pagoda. Wherever there is a settled society, religion is necessary; the laws cover manifest crimes, and religion covers secret crimes.

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