According to social media activists, the countries involved in the Anti-ISIS Coalition sent ground forces to rescue the foreign hostages in the possession of the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) inside Syria’s northern province of Ar-Raqqa on Thursday night. The activists claimed that ground forces belonging to the Anti-ISIS Coalition attempted an airborne rescue operation that subsequently failed to free the hostages.
The Anti-ISIS Coalition airplanes attempted to land near Al-Saqiyyah St. at the Al-Sakaan Al-Shabaabi Quarter in the Ar-Raqqa Governorate; this was repelled by the ISIS militants who opened fire on the first aircraft’s attempt to land.
If true, this would be the 2nd botched rescue attempt by a foreign country within the borders of Syria since the inception of this Syrian Conflict. The 1st attempt was revealed by the United States Government, who stated that the U.S. Army attempted an airborne rescue operation to free the captured journalist, James Foley, in late Summer 2014.
The Anti-ISIS Coalition has bombarded ISIS positions in northern and eastern Syria without the permission or cooperation with the Syrian Government and/or the Syrian Armed Forces.