France begins airstrikes in Syria
27 September 2015, 16:29
Paris - France has begun airstrikes in Syria, the Elysee
Palace said on Sunday.
French President Francois Hollande announced earlier this
month that the country would begin reconnaissance missions over Syria, with the
intention of conducting airstrikes once targets were identified.
In a statement, the Elysee said that the reconnaissance
missions were conducted alongside coalition partners. France has joined
airstrikes in Iraq with the authorisation of Baghdad, but had until now
refrained from striking in Syria.
"Our country remains committed to fighting the
terrorist threat which is Daesh. We will strike wherever our national security
is at risk," the Elysee said.
Daesh is the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State extremist