France launches fresh air raids in Islamic State stronghold in Syria

PARIS: French warplanes carried out fresh raids overnight versus the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa in northern Syria, destroying a command centre and training centre, the defence ministry said on Tuesday.

“For the second time in 24 hours the French military conducted an air raid versus Daesh in Raqa in Syria,” it said in a statement, using another name for the jihadist group.

President Francois Hollande has actually vowed to hit back at IS “without mercy” after Friday’s attacks in Paris, the bloodiest on its territory.

Ten Rafale and Mirage 2000 fighters carried out the raid at 0030 GMT, dropping 16 bombs, the defence ministry said.

“Both targets were hit and destroyed simultaneously,” it said.

“Conducted in coordination along with US forces, the raid was aimed at sites identified during reconnaissance missions previously carried out by France.”
France has actually carried out air raids versus IS in Syria since September yet stepped up its raids after Friday’s attacks, along with 10 warplanes dropping 20 bombs on jihadist targets in Raqa on Sunday.
The United States and France have actually additionally decided to increase their exchange of intelligence on potential targets.
France is set to further intensify its operations versus the jihadists in Syria through the information acquired and upcoming deployment of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, which will triple its capacity to strike.

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