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France says to strike alleged Daesh positions in Syria

Iran Press TV

Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:22AM

France's defense minister says the country is to start carrying out aerial attacks against what he called Daesh targets in Syria.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday that the strikes are to take place 'in the coming weeks, as soon as we have clearly identified targets,' AFP reported.

The country has so far carried out two reconnaissance missions in the Syrian airspace.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad complained back in May that the so-called coalition against Daesh does not aim to "do away" with the terror group, saying, "They want to use this terrorist structure for threatening and blackmailing other countries."

The US-led coalition has been pounding purported Daesh targets inside Syria since last September without any authorization from Damascus or a United Nations mandate.

Earlier in September, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi strongly spoke against the US-led coalition as "nothing but a huge lie," saying that, "Facts prove that this alliance is a failure, and that it's selective in choosing its targets."

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011 with reports saying more than 240,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

France is among the Western countries that have been rendering support to the militants fighting the Syrian government troops.

The US and its regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey - have been supporting the militants operating inside Syria for more than three years.

The French Air Force has also been staging airstrikes in Iraq, where Washington and some of its allies have likewise been reportedly carrying out air raids against what they say are Daesh positions since August 2014.

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