France and Russia bombed ISIS targets on Tuesday. The air strikes are the response to deadly attacks on Friday night in Paris and to a crash of a Russian Airbus A321 on October 31 in Sinai peninsula, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to Reuters.
Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a coordinated onslaught in Paris and the downing of the Russian jet over Sinai, saying they were in retaliation for French and Russian air raids in Iraq and Syria.
President Francois Hollande on Saturday promised a “merciless” response to a wave of attacks by gunmen and bombers that killed 130 and wounded 352 people across Paris.
French jets bombed ISIS positions in Syria on Sunday. “The raid … including 10 fighter jets, was launched simultaneously from the United Arab Emirates and Jordan. Twenty bombs were dropped,” the Defence Ministry said. Among the targets were a munitions depot and training camp, as the Ministry reported.
Today Russian FSB confirmed that Airbus A321 crashed on the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt because of the terrorist attack.
“According to our experts, during the flight an improvised bomb exploded on board of an aircraft, which capacity was equivalent of up to 1 kg of TNT, resulting in “a falling apart” of the aircraft in the air, which explains the spread of the parts of the fuselage of the aircraft at a distance”, – said the head of the Federal Security Service.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the terrorists who staged the explosion will be found. “We will look for them everywhere, wherever they are hiding,” – he promised.
Syrian targets hit by Russian long-range bombers and cruise missiles on Tuesday included the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, while French warplanes also targeted Raqqa on Tuesday evening — the third such bombing raid within 48 hours.
Paris and Moscow are not coordinating their operations, but French President Francois Hollande has called for a global campaign against the radicals in the wake of the Paris attacks.
The Kremlin said Putin spoke to Hollande by telephone and had ordered the Russian navy to establish contact with a French naval force heading to the eastern Mediterranean, led by an aircraft carrier, and to treat them as allies.
“We need to work out a plan with them of joint sea and air actions,” Putin told military chiefs.