French planes bomb IS stronghold

  • 16/11/2015
French President Francois Hollande (Reuters)
French President Francois Hollande (Reuters)

French warplanes have pounded the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital Raqa, destroying a command post and a training camp.

It’s the first airstrike against IS since the jihadist group claimed responsibility for the weekend’s deadly attacks in Paris.

Twelve warplanes, including 10 fighter bombers, dropped 20 bombs on the targets in Raqa.

"The first target destroyed was used by Daesh (another Arabic acronym for IS) as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp," said France’s defence ministry in a statement.

The French planes left from Jordan and the United Arab Emirates, and the airstrike was conducted in co-ordination with American forces, the ministry said.

French President Francois Hollande has blamed the Islamic State group for the gun and suicide attacks in Paris that left more than 130 dead, and called the attacks an "act of war".