Led Coalition's phosphorus bombs' use 'violation of int'l law'

ISIL Suffers Heavy Casualties in Clashes with Syrian Army South-East of Raqqa Province

Recently, the coalition upped its strikes on Raqqa as the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are on a crushing offensive to drive IS out of its main stronghold in Syria.

The US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Friday acknowledged another 21 civilian deaths in past air strikes, bringing the toll up to 624.

Steps President Trump has taken, including delegating decision-making authority down from the White House to military officials on the battlefield, have fueled the USA -led coalition's gains against ISIS jihadists, according to McGurk.

The anti-ISIS envoy said delegating authority to commanders in theater has allowed USA forces to be more responsive to changing conditions on the ground.

"I'm always hesitant to give numbers like that because this is an inexact science, but we think there's about 2,000 fighters left in Raqqa - and they most likely will die in Raqqa", McGurk said.

McGurk said the extremists have lost 58% of the territory they held in Syria at their peak and 78% of what they controlled in Iraq.

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"And what's really happening in Raqqa - similar to what we saw in Mosul but on a smaller scale - the Isis fighters on the ground are using these civilians as their own shields, as their own hostages".

The coalition said it is still determining the credibility of 424 reports of civilian casualty incidents.

There was no obvious specific target for the strikes, though the United States has been generally targeting ISIS forces within the city to try to back the Kurdish-led invasion. Instead, it has encouraged members of the anti-ISIS coalition to redouble their efforts to end the carnage as quickly as possible.

In June, the coalition explained to Sputnik that it used white phosphorus to screen and mark targets in Raqqa during the operation to liberate the Syrian city from ISIS. Some will nearly certainly make their way to Europe and the US.

The statement went on to name high-ranking ISIL commanders and political leaders, virtually all of them foreigners, who had been killed as a result of pro-government operations in the Southern territories of Raqqa province.

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