'Russian raids' kill civilians ahead of Syria talks

A Russian Defence Ministry image from November 23, 2015 said to show an explosion after airstrikes on an Islamic State oil-processing facility in Deir Ezzor provinceSuspected Russian raids killed 47 civilians in war-ravaged eastern Syria, amid reports US forces are building up an air base to bolster their fight against jihadists further north. Meanwhile, senior diplomats scrambled to resolve the key question of who will represent Syria’s opposition at crucial talks next week aimed at ending the nearly-five year war. In eastern Syria, the 47 civilians were killed in air strikes suspected to have been carried out by Russian warplanes on a jihadist-held village.

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