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France claims has conducted first strikes against 'Daesh' in Syria

Iran Press TV

Sun Sep 27, 2015 8:32AM

France claims that it has carried out its first airstrikes against purported positions of Daesh Takfiri terrorist group in Syria.

The strikes, which were carried out on Sunday according to a statement by the office of President Francois Hollande, came after about three weeks of surveillance operations conducted in the Arab country.

The statement added that the airstrikes pounded targets identified during the surveillance missions conducted since September 8.

Paris said the operation to "fight the terrorist threat" of Daesh has been coordinated with regional partners of the country, adding, "We will strike any time our national security is at stake."

The airstrikes in Syria amount to an extension of France's attacks against alleged Daesh-held positions in Iraq. The French air force started reconnaissance flights over Syria earlier in September in order to gather information on the positions of Daesh.

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.

'Nothing but a huge lie'

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, adding, "They want to use this terrorist structure for threatening and blackmailing other countries."

Earlier in September, Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi strongly spoke against the US-led coalition as "nothing but a huge lie," saying, "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 supporting the militants fighting against the Syrian government.

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