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France announces big air raid against Islamic State in Iraq

France's Rafale fighter jets took part in the raid on a jihadist training centre situated in the Kirkuk region of northern IraqThe international coalition currently battling the Islamic State group in Iraq dropped around 70 bombs on an arsenal and jihadist training centre in a large-scale overnight raid, the French military said Friday. The operation is a success,” France’s Chief of the Defence Staff Pierre de Villiers told Europe 1 radio, adding the raid took place in the Kirkuk region of northern Iraq. France’s Rafale fighter jets took part in the operation, which destroyed buildings in which IS militants “produced their traps, their bombs, their weapons to attack Iraqi forces,” he said. Since it announced it would take part in the US-led coalition in September, France has carried out seven rounds of air strikes over Iraq but it has so far refused to join the United States in its air war against IS in Syria.

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