France launched a series of airstrikes targeting an Islamic State group training camp in Syria with help from coalition partners, successfully destroying the extremist group's base, the Defense Ministry told Agence France-Presse Thursday.
The raid was carried out Monday by 20 planes, including French Rafale fighters, in a town northeast of Aleppo. French officials confirmed the raid, but no evidence of it was provided. “It allowed us to destroy an important site serving as a training camp and weapons store for Daesh [the Arabic acronym for ISIS],” the ministry said in a statement.
It was immediately unclear which other countries aided in the attack. The United Nations has vowed to fight ISIS "by all means" in the wake of the extremist group's attacks in Paris last November that killed at least 130 people and injured 367 others.
French President François Hollande said the country was committed to destroying the extremist group after the series of deadly attacks. "France is at war," Hollande said in November. No barbarians will prevent us from living how we have decided to live. To live fully. Terrorism will never destroy the republic, because the republic will destroy terrorism."
The United States has also declared its commitment to fighting ISIS. “We will redouble our efforts, working with other members of the coalition, to bring about a peaceful transition in Syria and to eliminate Daesh as a force that can create so much pain and suffering for people in Paris, in Ankara, and in other parts of the globe,” President Barack Obama said in November.
The Pentagon plans to ask for $7.5 billion in next year’s budget to allocate toward the fight against ISIS, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said. “This will be critical as our updated coalition military campaign plan kicks in," Carter said Tuesday. "For example, we’ve recently been hitting ISIL [another name for the Islamic State group] with so many GPS-guided smart bombs and laser-guided rockets that we’re starting to run low on the ones that we use against terrorists the most."