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'Moderate' Rebels In Syria Call For Iraq Style Air Strikes — Not Just Against the Syrian Regime, But Especially Against ISIS

An ISIS member prepares to behead Syrian soldier. (Screen capture from YouTube video)
An ISIS member prepares to behead Syrian soldier. (Screen
capture from YouTube video)
By Associated Press
Syria's Western-backed opposition called on Saturday for U.S. airstrikes against the Islamic State extremist group as the jihadists captured three northern villages, putting them within striking distance of a mainstream rebel stronghold.

Islamic State fighters have overrun nearly a dozen towns and villages in Aleppo province this week, crushing what little resistance they have encountered. Those gains threaten rival factions' supply lines to neighboring Turkey and squeeze the mainstream armed opposition's position in the country's largest city, Aleppo, which is also under assault by President Bashar Assad's forces.
With the mainstream rebels' foothold in Aleppo becoming increasingly precarious, the Syrian National Coalition urged the international community to "quickly support the Free Syrian Army with weapons and ammunition" so it could "defend its people."

"We call on the international community to use the American air force, or those of any other country to support the Free Syrian Army," the coalition said in a statement on Saturday, referring to the group's military wing.

The coalition has long appealed for more robust military support from the West to help in its fight to oust Assad, and more recently to counter the rise of Islamic extremists.

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