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Syria - West's bombs don't bring liberation

Issue No. 2480

The US has launched new extended airstrikes in eastern Syria. French jets bombed the city of Raqqa.

The US targeted convoys of oil tanker trucks. Such vehicles were previously avoided because of the risk of civilian casualties.

Over 130 people are killed on average every day in Syria. They suffer at the hands of regime forces, Western bombs and Isis.

That is why millions of refugees have left.

US airstrikes called in by Kurdish forces saw the Iraqi city of Sinjar retaken. Isis captured it last year, driving out thousands of Kurds and Yazidi people.

Its recapture cuts off Isis’ supply route to Raqqa.

But the West is not a liberator. It wants to secure control in Syria and Iraq. It doesn’t care about ordinary people—as shown by its treatment of refugees who escape.

David Cameron faces opposition to plans for Britain to join the bombing of Syria, but he is not giving up. He said, “I need to build the argument.”

The last thing the people of Syria need is more airstrikes and bombs.

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