People inspect a site after hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Raqqa, eastern Syria, which is controlled by the Islamic State November 25, 2014. REUTERS/Nour Fourat
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Syrian government warplanes carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday on the de-facto capital of the extremist group ISIS, killing at least 60 people, shattering shop fronts and setting dozens of cars ablaze, activists said.The Syrian government as well as the U.S.-led coalition frequently bomb ISIS group targets in Raqqa, but it was not immediately clear what prompted Tuesday's unusually intense strikes.ISIS has slaughtered hundreds of Syrian soldiers in the past few months, and recently published a video showing what it said was the beheading of more than a dozen Syrian soldiers, including officers, in Aleppo province. Syrian state media remained silent about the strikes. Late this summer, the government intensified its air strikes against ISIS positions in northern and eastern Syria.On Sept. 6, 53 people were killed in airstrikes on Raqqa, among them at least 31 civilians, according to the Observatory. Activists say Raqqa's residents fear the government's strikes far more than those of the U.S.-led coalition because most of the casualties from the regime's attacks have been civilians.
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