France launches new air strikes on DAESH

France launches air strikes against DAESH using its aircraft carrier deployed in eastern Mediterranean as Hollande meets Cameron

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

A Rafale fighter jet takes-off from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle during operations in the Mediterranean Sea in this picture released November 23, 2015


France has launched fresh air strikes on DAESH terrorist group targets in Iraq and Syria, while the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron visited Paris on Monday.

French President Francois Hollande intensified air strikes, after DAESH terrorists attacked seven different places in Paris and killed 130 people.

France air strikes were launched from Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, which has been sent to the eastern Mediterranean to support the fight against DAESH targets.

French President Francois Hollande (R) and Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron attend a joint news conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, November 23, 2015 / Photo by Reuters

French military sources said that the tripled capacity aircraft carrier with 26 fighter jets targeted Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul and also the Syrian city Raqqa, which is the terrorist group’s de facto capital.

In a joint press conference with Cameron, Hollande campaigned to gather international support for a military response after Paris attacks

"We are convinced that we must continue to strike ISIL [DAESH] in Syria. We will intensify our strikes. We will choose the sites that will cause the most damage to this terrorist army," Hollande said.

After the meeting both leaders agreed to increase intelligence coordination and ensure tougher checks at entry points coming into Europe, including increased data-sharing and sharing of airline records.

Hollande said "We will intensify our strikes, choosing targets that will do the most damage possible to this army of terrorists."

Hollande will meet with the United States President Barack Obama on Tuesday and will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the following days of this week.

The US, France, the UK and other coalition forces are conducting air strikes against DAESH under Combined Joint Task Force, (CJTF) which is a part of Operation Inherent Resolve.

On the other hand Russian Federation also conducted air strikes against DAESH.

Resuming anti-terror efforts

French national police on its Twitter page appealed for help in identifying one of the men involved in Paris attacks.

Police said that the man was the third participant in the attack which occurred at the national stadium Stade de France, while France and Germany were playing a friendly match.

The federal prosecutor spokesman announced that five people had been arrested on late Sunday during anti-terror operations conducted by Belgian police in Brussels and Liege region.

Although the number of people arrested as part of Belgium's ongoing terror alert increased to 21, Salah Abdeslam who is suspected of being involved in the Paris attacks still remains at large.

Belgian soldiers patrol in central Brussels as police searched the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, Belgium, November 23, 2015 / Photo by Reuters


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