First French air strikes against ISIS kills 30 militants

French authority announces first air strike, targeting 'strategic hub' of ISIS militants in Syria, Iraq

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

This handout picture released on September 27, 2015 by French Defense Audiovisual Communication and Production Unit (ECPAD) shows French army Rafale fighter jets flying towards Syria.

France carried out its first air strike against ISIS, killing at least 30 militants including 12 child soldiers, reported by a watch group on Wednesday, as part of the US-led coalition fighting ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.

"The French air strike [Sunday] on an ISIS training camp in eastern Syria killed at least 30 ISIS fighters including 12 from the 'Cubs of the Caliphate,'" said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

ISIS names its child soldiers as "Cubs of the Caliphate."

Abdel Rahman reported that foreign ISIS militants were also among the dead bodies, and the strike injured at least 20 people.   

The attack took place in Syria's eastern Deir Ezzor province, closer to the Albu Kamal  border crossing used by ISIS connecting the Syrian and Iraqi parts of the militant-captured territory.

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday that six French warplanes struck an ISIS training camp near Deir Ezzor, and that more air strikes could continue in next couple of weeks.

 "We struck militarily an extremely sensitive site for [ISIS]," said French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, describing it as a "strategic hub" for militants living in Iraq and Syria.

France has been bombing ISIS targets and camps in Iraq and has carried out 215 of an estimated 4,500 air strikes in that area.

TRTWorld and agencies