France Conducts 'Massive' ISIS Airstrike

And police apparently let terrorist suspect go
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 15, 2015 3:46 PM CST
Former French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, leaves the Elysee Palace after a meeting with France's President, Francois Hollande, right, in Paris, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.   (Jacques Brinon)
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(Newser) – Two days after coordinated terror attacks killed 129 people in Paris, France is said to be conducting "massive" airstrikes against two jihadi sites in Raqqa, Syria. A French defense official tells CNN that twelve aircraft dropped 20 bombs on Raqqa—which ISIS considers the capital of its caliphate—targeting a training camp, recruitment center, ammunition storage base, and command center. He described the attacks as successful. Meanwhile, as police launched an international manhunt for a key suspect in the Paris attacks, French officials say police had already found him near the border, but released him after an ID check. French police broadcast the name and image of Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old born in Brussels, across Europe, warning that he is very dangerous. (Read more France stories.)

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