France launches air strikes against Islamic State in Syria

September 28, 2015 01:05

The French military released on Sunday  footage showing its first air strikes in Syria, which it says destroyed an Islamic State training camp in the east of the country to prevent the group from carrying out attacks against the France's interests and to protect Syrian civilians.

France had until now only struck Islamic State targets in neighboring Iraq, carrying out just 3 percent of air strikes in an offensive on the group by a US-led coalition.

The French military communications department, ECPAD, said that the mission involved five Rafale fighter jets, one Atlantique 2 and a C-135 refueling aircraft.

The strikes were carried out based on intelligence gleaned from 12 reconnaissance missions since September 8, the ECPAD said, and targeted a camp south of Deir al-Zor.

The attack lasted approximately five hours.

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