Paris Attacks: France Launches Massive Airstrike on ISIS in Syria

Paris bombed Raqqa city on Sunday night in response for aggressive strike launched by the Islamic State group a few days ago.

France sent its fighter jets to bomb Raqqa province of Syria in response for a deadly terror attacks launched by the Islamic State group last week.

“The raid … including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,” the statement said, disclosing that the operation was carried out on Sunday evening.

“The first target destroyed was used by Daesh [an alternative name for Isis] as a command post, jihadist recruitment centre and arms and munitions depot. The second held a terrorist training camp,” said sources familiar with the matter.

President Barack Obama said of the attacks that claimed more than 120 lives in Paris: “We need to be doing everything we can to protect against more attacks and protect our people.”

“The terrible events in Paris were obviously a terrible and sickening setback. Even as we grieve with our French friends, however, we can’t lose sight that there has been progress being made,” he added.

Meanwhile, French authorities and police departments investigate who exactly was responsible for the deadly manhunts.

A source close to the investigation said Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, currently in Syria, was suspected of having ordered the Paris operation. “He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” the source revealed.

French prosecutors say they have identified five of the seven suicide attackers who died on Friday. Four were French, while the fifth man was stopped and fingerprinted in Greece in October and was possibly Syrian.

“We know that more attacks are being prepared, not just against France but also against other European countries,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio. “We are going to live with this terrorist threat for a long time.”

An anti-terrorism network of hackers, Ghost Security Group, has informed that ISIL used bitcoin to finance their operations. A member of the group confirmed their team managed to track several bitcoin addresses related to the terrorist organization.

The attacks in Patis began around 9:20 p.m.  local time on Friday and took lives of 129 people, French officials say, and left at least 352 more wounded — with 99 of them in critical condition. The victims were attacked at several sites across the French capital.

The first casualty was a person standing near a suicide bomber outside the Stade de France. As the attacks unfolded, there were multiple explosions — which authorities describe as suicide bombings — outside the national soccer stadium.

The second outrage took place outside at least three restaurants in central Paris, then 89 people were massacred at the Bataclan, a concert venue where the American rock band Eagles Of Death Metal was performing.

A 19-year-old witness said: “We are all terrified and have been told to get away as soon as possible. There were shots and then lots of people running.”

Witness Andrew Smith posted on Twitter: “Hostages from the theatre have been released and are walking down rue Oberkampf. Some are literally shaking with fear.

“They are hugging each other. One guy fainted on reaching the relative safety of our street.

“I’m watching the casualties go by our front window and I’m starting to feel anger.”

“A few people on stretchers are being wheeled past us. Gunshot wounds in chest.”

In spite of the state of emergency, which prohibits public gatherings, many Parisians and visitors came to the sites of the attacks on Saturday and Sunday, to pay tribute to the dead, lay flowers and light candles.

Gatherings also took place in most French cities and around the globe.

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