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France launches 'massive' airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria

France launches 'massive' airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria

French warplanes launched a ferocious retaliatory assault late Sunday on targets in Raqqa, Syria - the Islamic State's de facto capital - after coordination with U.S. defense officials who helped with the targeting.

The French Defense Ministry said that 10 aircraft dropped 20 bombs on facilities used by the militant group, which has claimed responsibility for Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris, striking a command center, a militant-training facility and an arms depot.

Opposition activists reached in Raqqa said they counted at least 30 bombs, which they said hit, among other things, a local football stadium, a museum and medical facilities. They said the strikes had knocked...

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