French Air Force hit oil fields near DAESH-held Raqqa

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced that French Air Force have targeted oil sites near DAESH’s self-proclaimed capital of Raqqa in Syria

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (L) visits France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in Manama, Bahrain Dec. 31, 2015.

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian has announced that their air force has carried out air strikes against oil fields near DAESH’s stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

The French minister made his announcement early on Friday during a visit to a military base in Jordan.

"I have had feedback from the overnight operations, we must continue in that direction," Le Drian told soldiers and reporters at the Jordan base from which Mirage 2000 jets took off to conduct the recent air strikes.

France was the first country to join US-led air strikes in Iraq against DAESH targets.

Following the Nov. 13 attacks on Paris which claimed 130 lives and wounded 200 others, France has also increased its aerial bombing of DAESH in Syria, focusing on Raqqa and oil-related targets.

According to a statement released by DAESH after the incident, the group indicated that the attacks were carried out in order to show France that it would remain a top target for them as long as it resumes its current policies.

French President Francois Hollande described the Paris incidents as “an act of war” on Nov. 14 saying that “Faced with war, the country must make the appropriate decisions.”

"France, because it was attacked in a cowardly, shameful and violent way, will be merciless toward the ISIL [DAESH] barbarians. It will act using all means according to the rule of law, in all terrains - interior and exterior - in accordance with our allies,” he declared.

TRTWorld, Reuters