French jets bomb Syria in ISIS stronghold of Raqqa

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Al-Raqqah, also called Rakka, Raqqa and Ar-Raqqah, is a city in Syria on the north bank of the Euphrates River, about 160 kilometers east of Aleppo.

(CNN) — French military planes bombed a series of ISIS sites in Raqqa, Syria, on Sunday in what officials described as a major bombardment.

The targets included a command center, a recruitment center, an ammunition storage base and a training camp for the terror group, said Mickael Soria, press adviser for France's defense minister.

ISIS claims Raqqa as the capital of its so-called caliphate. The airstrikes come two days after ISIS claimed responsibility for a series of terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday. France's President described those attacks as "an act of war."

Twelve aircraft, including 10 fighter jets, were involved in Sunday's airstrikes, Soria said.

Twenty bombs were dropped, he said, and all of the targets were destroyed.


CNN's Sandrine Amiel contributed to this report.

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