France Launches Massive Airstrikes In Syria

UPDATE (6:50 pm) – According to the Wall Street Journal, the United States began sharing targeting packages with France, identifying Islamic State targets in Syria, on Sunday.

The U.S. plans to roll back restrictions on intelligence sharing so France will be able to intensify the airstrikes.

Plans are in place to give France a seat at the table alongside the U.S.’s most-trusted intelligence-sharing partners.

The jets in the airstrikes launched from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces.

President Barack Obama is currently in Turkey for the group of 20 economic summit.

PARIS (AP) – A French defense official says the country has launched a “massive” series of airstrikes on the Islamic State group’s de facto capital in Syria, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump.

The ministry spokesman said Sunday that the strikes on Raqqa involved 12 aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, and 20 bombs were dropped.

The spokesman spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized to speak publicly.


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