The French contingent has struck IS positions in Syria earlier today.
On Sept. 27, five Rafale jets, an Atlantique 2 and a C-135 tanker aircraft “launched by airbases located in Jordan and the Persian Gulf,” were involved in the first mission against an ISIS training camp in Syria as part of Operation Chammal.
Launched on Sept. 19, 2014, Chammal has seen a contingent counting now 12 tactical jets (six Rafale, three Mirage 2000D and three Mirage 2000N aircraft) and one Atlantique 2 MPA (Maritime Patrol Aircraft) take part in the air strikes (bombing targets and flying reconnaissance missions) against Islamic State positions in Iraq.
The first air strike in Syria was preceded by 12 ISR (Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance) missions conducted from Sept. 8 to 24, that helped to identify targets of interest located in the regions controlled by the terrorist organization: a “self-assessment” capacity, as the French MoD dubbed it in an official statement released after the mission.
The air strike targeted a training camp located in the Euphrates valley, south of Deir Ez Zor: a “deliberate strike” on a target previously recognized and cross-checked with the help of the US-led coalition.
The mission lasted five hours (with a take off time at 06:30AM French time) and the target was successfully destroyed.
Image credit: French MoD
One more french strike and they are done!!! (with the loose publicity show).
New footage just released from french gov:
also found this older video of GBU (looks like Mark 83) ordnance hitting a target…
Quote: A fighter from ISIS caught the exact moment of an US air strike on his
position near the Syrian border in Iraq. The bomb was a GBU commonly
used by US Air Force, the ISIS Cannon was a soviet M1954 (M-46) probably
taken from the Syrian government army.