ISIS France bombard targets in Syria!
A top Iranian military commander has been killed by ISIS in Syria, where he was advising the Syrian army in its fight against extremists, Iranian state media reported Friday.
France said yesterday it had carried out a second wave of strikes overnight on Islamic State targets in Syria and accused Russia of failing to target the group.”Two Rafale jets dropped bombs on an IS training camp. The objectives were accomplished,” Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told Europe 1 radio, adding that more attacks would follow. As with a first wave of strikes on September 27, the attacks focused on the IS stronghold of Raqqa in northern Syria.
“We struck because we know that in Syria, particularly around Raqqa, there are training camps for foreign fighters whose mission is not fight Daesh on the Levant but to come to France, in Europe to carry out attacks,” Le Drian said.
He also said Frances air strikes were complicated by the fact that IS uses human shields.
France launched its first air strike in Syria on September 27, destroying an Islamic State training camp near Deir al-Zor in the east of the country, saying at the time it was acting in “self-defense”.
Brig. Gen. Hossein Hamedani, a former commander in the Iran-Iraq War of 1980-88, was killed Thursday night outside Aleppo during an attack by ISIS. Hamadani was there “to render military advice to the Syrian army and popular forces in their fight” against ISIS.
A Guards statement said Hamedani had played an “important role… reinforcing the front of Islamic resistance against the terrorists” but was killed “during an advisory mission”.
One of the Syrian regimes strongest allies, Iran admits to having military advisers to aid Syrian government forces in the countrys civil war, which has killed more than 300,000 people in four years.
Le Drian said that the Islamic State was Frances “main enemy” and that Russian air strikes were mostly hitting Syrian President Bashar al-Assads opponents in Syria and not Islamic State targets.
He reiterated that Assad, whom he said had killed 250,000 of his own people, could not be part of a political solution in Syria.
Meanwhile, Iran yesterday declined to confirm a claim by a US official that Russian missiles targeting rebels in Syria crashed in its territory this week.”We don confirm” this information, foreign ministry spokeswoman Afkham Marzieh said when asked about the claim.
The US official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had said the missiles crashed in Iran on Wednesday, but did not provide details about where they might have come down or whether they caused any damage.Russias defence ministry has flatly denied the claim.
France, which has provided weapons and logistical support to rebels linked to the Free Syrian Army in the past, has repeatedly said Assad would have to go before government troops and rebels could together defeat Islamic State.
Author: Ishan Hasnat – Bangladesh
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