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French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends the questions to the government session at the National Assembly in Paris, France, September 30, 2015. REUTERS/Jacky Naegelen

France launches new air strike in Syria against IS: minister

The Levant News — France launched a new air strike overnight in Syria against an Islamic State training camp and further strikes will follow, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Friday.

“France hit Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria last night in Raqqa… It is not the first time, nor will it be the last time,” Le Drian said on Europe 1 radio.

“French Rafale jets delivered bombs on this training camp and the targets were met,” he added.

“We struck because we know that in Syria, particularly around Raqqa, there are training camps for foreign fighters whose mission is not fight Daesh on the Levant but to come to France, in Europe to carry out attacks,” he said.

France launched its first air strike in Syria on September 27, destroying an Islamic State training camp near Deir al-Zor in the east of the country, saying at the time it was acting in “self defense”.

Source: Reuters

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