US-led airstrikes aainst Isis kill over 850 in Syria since Sept

Isis to mint Islamic dinars. Russia 'proposes Syria talks in Moscow'.

12 November, 19:28

    An explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobane, Syria An explosion after an apparent US-led coalition airstrike on Kobane, Syria

    (ANSAmed) - BEIRUT - Over 850 people have been killed in airstrikes by the US-led coalition on Islamic State (ISIS) positions in Syria since they began on September 23, reports the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Of those killed, 746 were ISIS jihadists and 50 were civilians, including 8 children. The SOHR has been able to verify 865 deaths, but it holds that the number of dead among ISIS ranks could be higher than 746 given the secrecy kept by the Islamic State on its losses and the difficulty to access many of the areas and villages hit. At least 68 fighters from the Syrian Al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat Al-Nusra have also been killed.

    Many of the civilians that lost their lives were killed in the bombing of oil fields and refineries in the Al-Hasaka and Deir Al-Zor provinces, as well as Raqqa and locations in the Aleppo and Idlib provinces. The SOHR condemned the killing of civilians and asked that their lives be spared ''by all sides'' in the bombings and fighting.

    A few hours after the end of UN envoy to Syria Staffan De Mistura's visit to Damascus, Russia is said to have proposed a 'peace plan' for the country.
    The plan consists in talks between the opposition and the regime in Moscow and the formation of a transitional government in which President Bashar Al-Assad would remain at the head of the armed forces and the security services, reported Lebanese media linked to the pro-Iranian Shia movement Hezbollah on Wednesday.

    The Beirut-based daily Al-Akhbar said that the Russian foreign ministry and the Egyptian government were working together for talks to be held in Moscow between representatives of the regime and those of the oppositions in exile and still in the country. The daily quotes sources as saying that the talks would aim to set up a transitional government - including members of the regime and of opposition groups - tasked with creating a commission to modify the current constitution. Parliamentary elections would then be held within the two years following the formation of the government, followed by presidential elections in which Assad would be able to run.

    Egyptian diplomatic sources denied to ANSA that any new initiatives had been taken with Russia, after being questioned on the veracity of the news reported by Al-Akhbar ''A political solution is the only way to get out of the current impasse in Syria,'' Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry said in meeting with UN envoy De Mistura in Cairo, calling for diplomatic efforts to go forward and for contact to be maintained with Egypt on the issue in order to achieve a solution. (ANSAmed).

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