France strikes ISIS in Syria from newly-deployed carrier

2015-11-24 11:42
A French Rafale fighter aircraft pilot lands on the French Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, after a flight. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat, AFP)

A French Rafale fighter aircraft pilot lands on the French Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier, after a flight. (Anne-Christine Poujoulat, AFP)

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Paris - France bombarded ISIS targets in Syria on Monday from jets from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier newly deployed in the eastern Mediterranean, hours after announcing similar strikes in Iraq.

"Two air force Mirage 2000s were engaged in the mission," the defence ministry said. "Simultaneously four Rafale Marines from the aircraft carrier joined them over Syria."

The ministry added that the jets targeted a site in the northern town of Raqa, the jihadist group's de facto Syrian capital.

The French aircraft carrier has been in involved in missions in Iraq in recent days but this was the first such attack on Syria since it was deployed in the eastern Mediterranean this month.

The Syria air raids happened at 08:30 and "destroyed an active site occupied by terrorist fighters in Raqa," the ministry said.

The attacks destroyed all their targets including a command centre, vehicle dumps and maintenance facilities, it said.

The action came 10 days after coordinated attacks in Paris which left 130 people dead and for which ISIS has claimed responsibility.

France has ramped up its fight against ISIS since the attacks and its planes have carried out a number of raids on Raqa from bases in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in recent days.

The 26 jet fighters on the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier triple France's capacity to carry out strikes in the region.

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