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 inParisthat killed more than 130 people, the defense 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 center, recruitment center for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said.
FrenchPresidentFrancois Hollandevowed in the wake of the attacks in Paris to respond“merciless”to the terror group.“France will be merciless towards these barbarians from Daesh,”Hollande said on Saturday, using the Arab acronym for the group.
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