Something missing this way comes

The following appears on the BBC website:

Syria conflict: Raqqa air strikes ‘kill 32 IS militants’

Air strikes on the city of Raqqa in northern Syria have killed at least 32 members of the Islamic State (IS) militant group and wounded 40 more, an activist group says.

The strikes on Sunday hit IS bases in the north, east and south-east of the city, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

It said the US-led coalition was believed to have carried out the raids.

Raqqa is IS’s de facto Syrian headquarters.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the UK-based observatory which has a network of informants on the ground, said there had been about 15 strikes. He said the casualty figures had come from just one hospital and the final death toll could be higher.

The coalition has been targeting IS in Syria since September 2014.

The UK joined the coalition bombing IS in Syria earlier this month following a vote in parliament. It was already targeting the group in Iraq.
France has also stepped up its attacks in Syria since deadly attacks in Paris in November claimed by the group.

On Friday, German lawmakers backed plans to back military action against the group in Syria.

Russia is also carrying out air strikes in Syria, although critics say it is mainly targeting rebel groups opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Notice anything missing?

Call me a cynic, but the idea that these air strikes were so accurate that there were no civilian casualties is beyond belief. (I wish it were the case that there none, but I very much doubt it.)

Does anyone seriously think these people are co-operating by grouping themselves in one place as a big target, and broadcasting to the Western air forces, “Here we are! Shoot now!”

The lack of any inquisitiveness about such casualties is also more than suspicious. The whole item smells very much like a piece of propaganda.

As I said, call me a cynic.

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