WORLD – France carries out air strikes in Syria

France launched its first attack on Islamic State militants in Syria

France has carried out its first air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

French planes destroyed a training camp in the eastern town of Deir al-Zour, President Francois Hollande said.

A US-led coalition has been carrying out air strikes against IS in Syria and Iraq for more than a year.

Speaking in New York, Mr Hollande said a political solution was needed to end the Syrian crisis, but President Bashar al-Assad could not be part of it.

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.

France had previously maintained that international law prevented it from attacking targets in Syria – Paris was adamant that it would do nothing to help, even indirectly, the Assad government, says the BBC’s Hugh Schofield in Paris.

But the French government has now accepted that getting rid of Assad is no longer the priority and the fight against IS trumps everything else, our correspondent says.

3 Responses to WORLD – France carries out air strikes in Syria

  1. seagul September 27, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    After blowing up a greenpeace ship and testing nuclear where civilians reside in the south pacific–they should not be trusted.France is basically making situation in Syria as target practice for their air forces and equipment, not really to solve situation. So much hidden fatal military atrocities throughout West Africa as well,,,,,,,

  2. Eric Jones
    Eric Jones September 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    world war 3 is comeing

  3. jrsmith September 28, 2015 at 3:48 am

    @,Eric, J, hail, hail, world war three plus is with us, this is the politicians war, they started it , with unnecessary , bombings of Iraq and Libya.
    This war is a generation changing war, the new fighters/ terrorist are being train at this present time. 10, 12 and 15 year olds. since the (1967 War) with Israel , sensible people warned the US, Russia ,Nato Allies and others of what is coming, what ever they chance and risks has back fired even the Europeans trouble with the Ukraine.

    Politicians of the above mentioned lot, are the ones having blood on they hands, what ever weapons flowed into the middle east and very volatile countries in Africa, should not have been sold to them, but corporate corruption and greed has brought us to this.
    This will never end ……

    We in the Caribbean region , must be careful of what’s politically said by our politicians. must noticed, some countries in Europe is not getting invoked.


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