57 dead in US-led strikes on IS Syria prison: monitor

Posted June 28, 2017

Monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights earlier said that at least 57 people were killed at a jail run by Daesh in eastern Syria by air strikes carried out by the US-led coalition. "This mission was meticulously planned and executed to reduce the risk of collateral damage and potential harm to non-combatants".

The jail included civilian prisoners as well as jailed members of the group.

Ryan Dillon, a colonel and spokesman for the US-led coalition, said: "With every single allegation we will take it and look into it".

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Activist-run Deir Ezzor 24 media outlet put the tally at 60 civilians, adding that the building belonged to an al-Qaeda-linked commander before it was seized by the Isis in 2014.

At least 15 ISIL fighters were also killed in the raid, the UK-based monitor, which tracks developments in Syria's long-running conflict via a network of contacts on the ground, said.

ISIL is believed to have moved most of its leadership to Mayadeen, southeast of Raqqa, according to USA intelligence officials.

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Among the operations moved to al-Mayadeen, about 80km west of the Iraqi border, were its online propaganda operation and its limited command and control of attacks in Europe and elsewhere, they said.

"This disrupts [IS's] ability to conduct terrorist attacks in both in Iraq, Syria, against coalition partner forces, and also against our homelands", he told the BBC.

Last month's civilian death count of 427 from US-led coalition air strikes is more than double the previous 30-day toll from April.

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