PARIS (AFP/REUTERS) – French warplanes pounded the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’s (ISIS) stronghold in Syria’s Raqa on Sunday, destroying a command post and a training camp, the defence ministry said.
In its first air strike against IS since the string of deadly Paris attacks claimed by ISIS, 12 warplanes, including 10 fighter bombers, dropped 20 bombs on the targets.
“The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for ISIS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp,” a ministry statement said.
The planes left from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates and was conducted in coordination with American forces, the ministry said.
The raids were the biggest in Syria to date by France targeting the ISIS stronghold in Raqa 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.
French President Francois Hollande on Saturday blamed the Islamic State group for the gun and suicide attacks that left at least 132 dead in Paris on Friday, calling them an “act of war”.
As I read this article on my FB feed, and the stream of comments below it, I can’t help but feel deeply saddened. And I asked, “Why?” Is this just so that they can make a point? A statement? Exactly how many more people have to be sacrificed?
What has our world come to…?