Keyword: air strikes

French IS leader linked to Paris attacks 'killed in Syria air strike'

Charaffe el Mouadan was said to be a 'direct link' to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader, according to US military official.

President Hollande urges UK MPs to back Cameron on IS airstrikes

French president makes unusual intervention urging Britain's House of Commons to back PM's request for Britain to join military coalition.

France launches fresh strikes on Islamic State

Attacks come as US defence secretary urges European allies to join forces to defeat IS and French police raid 128 addresses overnight.

French jets mount major attack on Islamic State fiefdom in Syria

A fleet of ten French Rafale aircraft on Sunday dropped 20 bombs on sites in the IS-held town of Raqqa in northern Syria, its principal base.

France bombs Islamic State oil supply plant in Syria

French jets attacked an oil depot near Deir Ezzor, close to the Syrian border with Iraq, in third wave of air strikes ordered by Paris over Syria.

France to redeploy aircraft carrier in missions against Islamic State group

French president said France's largest warship will return to the Gulf  'to allow us to be more efficient in coordination with our allies'.

French and Russian presidents meet amid tensions over Syria air strikes

The meeting in Paris was called to discuss peace efforts in Ukraine, but these are expected to be overshadowed by the crisis in Syria.

France 'considering' air strikes against IS group in Syria

Le Monde quotes unnamed 'high-level source' saying that migrant crisis means 'things cannot continue as they are' in relation to Syria.

French air force carries out third strike against IS forces in Iraq

The French defence ministry said two Rafale jets destroyed Islamic State pick-up trucks in the Tikrit region during a reconnaissance mission.

France denies claim that agent defected to al-Qaeda

Denial comes after US website claimed French intelligence officer had joined terrior group and was target of US air strikes.

France considers joining anti-IS strikes over Syria

Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France was deliberating whether its current actions in Iraq are sufficient against IS.

First French air strikes against IS in Iraq

President Hollande's office announced Rafale jets had hit and destroyed a jihadist target in north-east Iraq on Friday.

French were 'hours' from military strikes on Syria before phone call from Obama

'Stunned' French president François Hollande called off military attack after US president said he was to seek Congress approval.

France urges early UN vote on tough Syria resolution

President Hollande says while political and diplomatic solution to the Syrian conflict is possible, option of military strikes must remain on the table.

Syria: war, silence and lies


The United States and France – though no longer Britain, it seems- are poised to intervene militarily in Syria. While helping to remove the Assad regime is an urgent priority, the expected campaign of air strikes seems like a headlong rush without legal basis. And one which is a form of camouflage for past errors and acts of cowardice, the opportunistic management of public opinion and a possible trigger for a regional cataclysm with incalculable consequences. Yet, argues Mediapart editor François Bonnet, there are alternatives.