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French warplanes ‘hit Daesh positions in Syria’s Raqqah’

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The photo shows a French Mirage 2000 fighter jet preparing to take off from an army base in Jordan, where the French army aircraft are based, October 12, 2015. (By AFP)

French warplanes have conducted new combat sorties against the purported positions of the Takfiri Daesh terrorists in Syria’s northern city of Raqqah, France’s Defense Ministry says.

“For the second time in 24 hours, the French military conducted an air raid against Daesh in Raqqah in Syria,” the ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.

It added that ten Rafale and Mirage 2000 warplanes dropped 16 bombs on what it said was a Daesh training camp and a command center, adding that the targets “were hit and destroyed simultaneously.”

The French warplanes carried out their first strikes against alleged Daesh positions in Raqqah on Sunday, when a training camp and a command post belonging to the Takfiri group were destroyed.

Police officers overlook Paris as they patrol in front of the Sacre Coeur Basilica, November 16, 2015. (Photo by AFP) 

The airstrikes came in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks on November 13 that were claimed by Daesh in the French capital, Paris. The attacks killed more than 130 people and injured 350 others.

In an address to the French parliament on Monday, President Francois Hollande said his administration would expand the French military’s airstrikes against Daesh in Syria.

He said the coordinated attacks on a number of venues in Paris originated from Syria, where Daesh is present. Hollande said France will hit back at the terrorist group “without mercy.”

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