Sunday, September 27, 2015

France has launched an air strike on

An undated handout picture provided by the Defense Audiovisual Communication and Production Unit (ECPAD) on 08 September 2015 shows Rafale fighter jets of the French Air Force
France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria couple of minutes ago.
According to report,The president's office said that French planes struck targets identified during reconnaissance missions conducted over the past fortnight.France co-ordinated with regional partners for the operation, a brief statement said.French jets have previously carried out air strikes against IS targets in neighbouring Iraq
"Our country thus confirms its resolute commitment to fight against the terrorist threat represented by Daesh," the French Presidency said, referring to the militant group by another of its acronyms.
Syria's civil war explained
"We will strike each time that our national security is at stake," the statement added.
President Francois Hollande announced earlier this month that he was preparing to send jets to Syria, beginning with a period of reconnaissance to identify targets. He said at the time that terror attacks had been planned against France from Syria.

A US-led coalition has been carrying out airstrikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for more than a year.
France, like the UK, has previously confined its air strikes against the Islamic State group to Iraqi airspace.
The UK announced earlier this month it had carried out a drone strike against two British citizens in Syria but has yet to fly manned operations in Syrian airspace.
More than 200,000 people have been killed in Syria's civil war since 2011.(bbc) 

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