Further French strikes on Raqqa site in Syria

Fight against terrorism/Daesh/Syria/air strikes – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Defence

Paris, 23 November 2015

At 7.30 p.m. (French time) on Monday 23 November 2015, the French armed forces carried out further strikes on Daesh [so-called ISIL] in Syria.

Led by six fighter aircraft, the raid destroyed an active site occupied by terrorist fighters in Raqqa.

From the deployable air base in Jordan, two French air force Mirage 2000s were engaged in the mission. At the same time, the French navy’s four Rafales joined them above Syria from the Charles-de-Gaulle aircraft carrier to carry out a raid on a site in Raqqa which was identified beforehand.

The crew made several strikes on infrastructure including a command centre, a vehicle storage area and maintenance facilities. The intended targets were destroyed./.

Syria/Operation Chammal/air strikes against Daesh – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Defence

Paris, 9 November 2015

On the evening of 9 November 2015, Mirage 2000s from the deployable air base in Jordan carried out further strikes on the areas controlled by Daesh [ISIL] in Syria. This is the second series of strikes conducted by France in the space of 48 hours.

The two strikes targeted oil-pumping stations located in Syria in the area south-east of Deir ez-Zor. Coordinated with the coalition, they were carried out on the basis of intelligence gathered over the past few weeks during reconnaissance flights. The aim is to weaken Daesh’s financial capabilities by disrupting the exploitation of oil resources in areas under the terrorist group’s control.

The aircraft involved in this mission (Mirage 2000Ns and Mirage 2000Ds) were equipped with GBU-24 laser-guided bombs. The strikes began at 7.00 p.m., French time. The two targets were destroyed. The raid did not require in-flight refuelling. Seven hundred service personnel are engaged in Operation Chammal, which was launched on 19 September 2014. It aims, at the Iraqi government’s request and in coordination with France’s allies in the region, to ensure air support for Iraqi forces in the fight against the terrorist group Daesh. The full operation is currently structured around 12 air force fighter planes (six Rafales, three Mirage 2000Ds and three Mirage 2000Ns) and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol plane. It also includes service personnel stationed in Baghdad and Erbil to train and advise the Iraqi military. On 24 September 2015, the anti-aircraft frigate Cassard joined the French forces engaged in the Levant./.

Syria/Operation Chammal/new air strike against Daesh – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Defence

Paris, 9 November 2015

On the night of 8 November 2015, the French forces of Operation Chammal struck an oil distribution site controlled by Daesh [ISIL] south-east of Deir ez-Zor in Syria.

The air mission, deployed from Jordan, comprised two air force Mirage 2000s (one Mirage 2000 and one Mirage 2000N). The raid lasted nearly two hours. The operation was planned against a target previously identified during reconnaissance missions carried out by France and was conducted in coordination with the coalition.

The purpose of striking Daesh-controlled oil exploitation capabilities in Syria is to target its financial resources, which are one of the terrorist group’s key strengths.

Seven hundred service personnel are engaged in Operation Chammal, which was launched on 19 September 2014. It aims, at the Iraqi government’s request and in coordination with France’s allies in the region, to ensure air support for Iraqi forces in the fight against the terrorist group Daesh. The full operation is currently structured around 12 air force fighter planes (six Rafales, three Mirage 2000Ds and three Mirage 2000Ns) and an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol plane. It also includes service personnel stationed in Baghdad and Erbil to train and advise the Iraqi military. On 24 September 2015, the anti-aircraft frigate Cassard joined the French forces engaged in the Levant./.

Published on 05/04/2016

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