France Strikes ISIS Stronghold in Raqqa, Syria Two Days After Paris Attacks

French fighter jets launch biggest raids in Syria to date in operation coordinated with U.S. forces.

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REUTERS - French fighter jets launched their biggest raids in Syria to date targeting the Islamic State's stronghold in Raqqa just two days after the group claimed coordinated attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, the defense ministry said.

France has been bombing ISIS positions in Iraq and Syria for months as part of a U.S.-led operation. Following Friday's mayhem, Paris vowed to destroy the group.

"The raid ... including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped," the statement said, adding that the mission had taken place on Sunday evening.

The operation, carried out in coordination with U.S. forces, struck a command center, recruitment center for jihadists, a munitions depot and a training camp for fighters, it said.

There was no immediate word on casualties or the damage inflicted.

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