RAQQA, Syria — French fighter jets dropped 20 bombs on key ISIS targets in Raqqa, Syria on Sunday in retribution for the deadly massacre in Paris on Friday that killed over 130.
The airstrike, carried out in conjunction with the U.S. from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan, struck an ISIS command center, a jihadist training center and an ammunition depot.
“The raid … including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan,” a statement from the French Ministry of Defense read. “Twenty bombs were dropped.”
As previously reported, French President Francois Hollande vowed that the nation would “be merciless toward the barbarians of Islamic State group” after ISIS claimed responsibility for the coordinated multi-site terror attack in Paris.
“We will work alongside our allies to fight this terrorist menace,” he stated. “France is strong, and even if she is wounded, she will get up always and nothing will hold her down, even if we are feeling the grief now … We will defend ourselves.”
“Even if France is wounded, she will rise,” Hollande declared.
French police have formally identified one of Friday’s attackers as 29-year-old Ismael Omar Mostefai, a French citizen who had been watched for his ties to terror groups. He perished in detonating his suicide vest during the attack. French media have also named Bilal Hadfi and Ibrahim Abdeslam as being behind the assault.