French Jets Bomb Islamic State Targets in Syria for Second DayDavid Whitehouse and Geraldine Amiel
French jets bombed Islamic State targets for a second day, destroying a command center and a training site at the terror group’s stronghold in Raqqa, Syria.
The overnight strikes represent part of French President Francois Hollande’s response to attacks in Paris that killed at least 129 people Friday. Speaking to lawmakers Monday, he called for a unified diplomatic front against Islamic State and sought expanded executive authority.
Police in France conducted 128 raids overnight. In Belgium, home to suspected planner of the attacks Abdelhamid Abaaoud, authorities raised the national terror alert to “serious, probable” from “moderate, less probable” and canceled a Belgium-Spain soccer match planned for Tuesday in Brussels.
“France is like the U.S. after 9/11,” said Gerard Grunberg, a senior researcher at the Paris Institute for Political Sciences. “When France started striking Syria, it knew it would pay the price for it. Maybe they weren’t all that prepared for it. Now they must invent the response, because it’s a new kind of war.”