France targets Islamic State fighters

Sep 19, 2014 8:23 AM by Cheryl Wengren

PARIS (AP) - Iraq's military spokesman says four French airstrikes killed dozens of fighters from the Islamic State group in a contested area of northern Iraq.

French President Francois Hollande announced the first airstrikes Friday morning, saying Rafale fighter jets struck a logistics depot in northeastern Iraq, and the target was "entirely destroyed." The U.S. has also carried out airstrikes against the extremist group.

Qassim al-Moussawi, spokesman for the Iraqi military, said four French airstrikes hit the town of Zumar, killing dozens of extremist fighters. Zumar and surrounding towns have remained heavily contested by Islamic State fighters, even though Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have managed to make headway in nearby regions with the support of US airstrikes.


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