Russia accuses US of 'wiping Raqqa off the face of the earth'

The Russian defense ministry has compared the U.S. bombing of Raqqa to the fate of Dresden, the German city that was nearly destroyed when it was firebombed in World War II. The ministry spokesman declared that Raqqa had been "wiped off the face of the earth." BBC: UN war crimes investigators in June that there had been a "staggering loss of civilian life" in Raqqa. Syrian activists say between 1,130 and 1,873 civilians were killed and that many of the civilian casualties were the result of the intense US-led air strikes that helped the SDF, an alliance of Kurdish and Arab militias, advance. A Russian defence ministry spokesman said the ruins evoked the destruction of Dresden. "Raqqa has inherited the fate of Dresden in 1945, wiped off the face of the earth by Anglo-American bombardments," Maj Gen Igor Konashenkov said. He said the West now appeared to be hurrying to send financial aid to Raqqa as a way of covering up...(Read Full Post)