BEIRUT (AFP) – Syria’s opposition National Coalition on Tuesday welcomed US-led air strikes against the Islamic State group, but urged sustained pressure on President Bashar al-Assad’s government.
“Tonight, the international community has joined our fight against ISIS in Syria,” Coalition president Hadi al-Bahra said, using an alternative acronym for the extremist group.
“We have called for air strikes such as those that commenced tonight with a heavy heart and deep concern. We insist that utmost care is taken to avoid civilian casualties,” he added.
The comments came after a US-led coalition assembled to battle the IS group began air strikes against the extremist group in eastern and northern Syria on Tuesday morning.
The opposition Coalition has backed strikes against IS, but also urged continued attention to the Assad regime.
“We are calling on all our partners to maintain pressure on the Assad regime,” Bahra said.
“This war cannot be won by military means alone,” he added.