Russian Federation likens US-led bombing of Raqqa to WWII destruction of Dresden

Raqqa was subjected to a heavy bombing campaign by the US led coalition

The bombing of Aleppo hits the global headlines but an entire city [Raqqa] being "wiped off from the face of the earth" finds no mention.

Russian Major-General Igor Konashenkov said about 200,000 people had lived in Raqqa before war erupted in Syria, and less than 45,000 people remained there today.

Russia, who has been operating a bombing campaign in Syria in support of Assad's regime, has likened the United States coalition's operations against IS Raqqa to Second World War Dresden.

Most of the German city was destroyed in bombing raids just before the end of the Second World War.

The Kremlin harshly condemned the forces that defeated ISIS as Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu compared the US-led coalition's airstrikes on Raqqa to the World War II Allies bombing Dresden in Nazi Germany in 1945. The offensive that began on June 4 under the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Interest Resolve (CJTF-OIR) witnessed local Kurdish forces and Syrian Democratic Force (SDF) encircling the city of Raqqa with support from U.S. forces.

Before the final stage of the operation, most civilians had fled the city.

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"Raqqa has inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, wiped off the face of the earth by Anglo-American bombardments", he said in a statement.

"What is behind the rush by Western capitals to provide targeted financial help only to Raqqa?", said Konashenkov.

Anti-IS Syrian activists said last week as many as 1,873 civilians had been killed over the past five months in Raqqa, and attributed numerous deaths to USA air strikes that helped the SDF advance.

But he complained Russian requests for aid to be given to Syrians in other parts of the country had been rejected by the West.

"This makes one suggest that the USA coalition is trying to cover its barbarian bombardments that buried thousands of civilians as the coalition was "liberating" them from ISIL".

The Syrian conflict began when the Baath regime, in power since 1963 and led by Assad, responded with military force to peaceful protests demanding democratic reforms during the Arab Spring wave of uprisings, triggering an armed rebellion fueled by mass defections from the Syrian army. The US Central Command (CENTCOM) inresponse said, "The Coalition takes all allegations of civilian casualties seriously and assesses all credible allegations of possible civilian casualties".

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