France air strikes on Raqqa continue for third night

France air strikes against DAESH stronghold Raqqa continue for third day

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian during a news conference in Brussels, Belgium, November 17, 2015

Updated Nov 18, 2015

Ten French warplanes targeted Raqqa, de facto capital of DAESH in Syria, in the third consecutive day of attacks against the terrorist group after Friday night’s deadly attacks in Paris, French defence minister said.

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also said to a French TV channel that the offensives against DAESH will intensify in the coming days.

"At this moment, our air force ... 10 fighter jets are again hitting Raqqa, and as you know tomorrow the aircraft carrier Charles De Gaulle will leave for the eastern Mediterranean to continue strikes on specific targets in particular around Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour," he said.

Le Drian also commented on Russia’s attacks in Syria, saying he believed a change in its position after the Russian plane was detonated by the group last month.

The Russian attacks in Syria were strongly criticised by Western countries and their allies for mostly targeting Syrian rebel groups rather than DAESH.

"Russia is shifting because today Russian cruise missiles hit Raqqa. Maybe today this grand coalition with Russia is possible because it has evolved," he said.

French President Francois Hollande made a call to create a grand coalition against the group. He will meet with US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin next week.


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