The battle for the last scrap of land held by ISIS has taken longer than expected.
Syrian Air Strikes 'Targeted Civilians'
Hospitals and people waiting in food queues were unlawfully targeted by government forces fighting rebels, a watchdog claims.The Syrian Air Force has been accused of repeatedly carrying out indiscriminate airstrikes against civilians. A new report by the campaign group Human Rights Watch (HRW) says in some cases government forces deliberately targeted civilians from the air. HRW said the attacks were a serious violation of international human rights law and that those responsible were guilty of war crimes. The report is based on visits to 50 government air strike sites in opposition-controlled areas of Aleppo, Idlib and Latakia, plus more than 140 interviews with witnesses and victims. HRW said at least 152 civilians were killed in the air strikes they documented.