Middle East

French warplanes strike Islamic State Syria bastion

This handout picture released on November 9, 2015 by French Defense Audiovisual Communication and Production Unit (ECPAD) shows a French army Rafale fighter before taking off from a base in The Gulf for Syria as part of France's Operation Chammal launched in September 2015 in support of the US-led coalition against ISIS. AFP PHOTO / ECPAD / EMA / ARMEE de L’AIR

PARIS: French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, the defence ministry said.

"The raid ... including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped," the statement said, adding that the mission had taken place this evening.

The operation, carried out in coordination with U.S. forces, struck a command centre, recruitment centre for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said.

 

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