Smoke rises after what activists say was shelling from forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa August 17, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer
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Syria's air force launched more than two dozen strikes against the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa Sunday, killing 31 militants and eight civilians, an anti-regime monitoring group said.At least 15 civilians and an unknown number of ISIS fighters were wounded in the strikes, some critically, the Observatory said.In Deir al-Zor province further east, five airstrikes targeted ISIS positions, the Observatory said, although there was no word on casualties. Some of the strikes targeted the Omar oil field, which is controlled by ISIS. The Observatory said that throughout the country, a total of 122 airstrikes – 84 attacks by warplanes and 38 helicopter-delivered "barrel bombs" – pummeled areas held by rebel groups and jihadists from ISIS. Around half of the warplane strikes, 43, were directed at ISIS-held locations, it said.
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