Western nations bomb ISIS stronghold

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French led airstrikes have killed 33 suspected militants in the Syrian province of Raqqa, which is said to be an ISIS (also known as ISIL, IS and Daesh) stronghold in the war torn nation.

The airstrikes intensified on Sunday following Friday’s fatal terror attacks in Paris, with French President François Hollande’s government said to be the main driving force behind attempts to wipe out ISIS in Syria.

EN4 spoke to the Ministry Of Defence, who said that on Monday a 500lb Paveway bomb was dropped from an RAF Tornado jet as part of British strikes on ISIS in Mosul and Sinjar, Iraq.

According to the Ministry of Defence,  David Cameron, Prime Minster is still pushing for airstrikes to target ISIS in Iraq, which would potentially take place before Christmas.

Mr Cameron said in PMQ’s today that the backing of the UN would be ‘preferable’ but not vital if Britain were to launch air strikes in Syria.

Russia Brings Peace Proposal to UN.

Credit to Freedom House (Flickr)

Credit to Freedom House (Flickr)

Russia has submitted a document to the United Nations proposing a complete revamp of the constitution, in an attempt to end the four year civil war, which has claimed the lives of over 250,000 Syrians and displaced many more.

The document claims that this process will last around 18 months, followed by presidential elections. It did not state whether President Bashar al-Asaad would remain in power during the transitional period. The document also stated that a number of Syrian opposition groups should be a part of the peace talks in Vienna this coming Saturday, which Russia believes should focus on differentiating which groups should be considered terrorists, and which should be considered partners in the peace process.

However, Russia’s proposal does not rule out Asaad standing for election, which rebel groups’ claim will make a peace treaty impossible.

Meanwhile, the Syrian government continues to wage its assault on rebel held areas surrounding Aleppo, but has yet to penetrate the city itself.

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