France Has Begun Bombing ISIS In Iraq

Friday, September 19, 2014
By Paul Martin

Brett LoGiurato
Sep. 19, 2014

France’s military conducted its first airstrike in Iraq, becoming the first foreign country in addition to the US to strike the extremist group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL) in the country.

French President Francois Hollande said in a statement that the strike, which was conducted around 9:40 a.m. local time Friday, destroyed a logistics depot held by ISIS in northeastern Iraq. He promised operations would continue “in the coming days.”

Rafale fighter jets “conducted a first strike against a supply depot terrorist organization Daech in northeastern Iraq. The goal was reached and destroyed,” Hollande said.

“Daech” is a way the French government refers to ISIS, loosely meaning the “declaration of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.”

US President Barack Obama “welcomed” Hollande’s decision to carry out airstrikes against the group in Iraq, the White House said Thursday.

“The United States welcomes the announcement today from President Hollande that France will conduct airstrikes in Iraq,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “This is a significant contribution to the efforts of the growing international coalition to combat ISIL, and we look forward to coordinating closely with our French partners in the days to come.”

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