Western nations bomb ISIS stronghold

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French led airstrikes have killed 33 suspected militants in the Syrian province of Raqqa, which is said to be an ISIS (also known as ISIL, IS and Daesh) stronghold in the war torn nation.

The airstrikes intensified on Sunday following Friday’s fatal terror attacks in Paris, with French President François Hollande’s government said to be the main driving force behind attempts to wipe out ISIS in Syria.

EN4 spoke to the Ministry Of Defence, who said that on Monday a 500lb Paveway bomb was dropped from an RAF Tornado jet as part of British strikes on ISIS in Mosul and Sinjar, Iraq.

According to the Ministry of Defence,  David Cameron, Prime Minster is still pushing for airstrikes to target ISIS in Iraq, which would potentially take place before Christmas.

Mr Cameron said in PMQ’s today that the backing of the UN would be ‘preferable’ but not vital if Britain were to launch air strikes in Syria.

Police make fresh raids in Paris

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Armed police have raided an apartment in the Parisian suburb of Saint Denis, located in the north west of the city. The raids, following Friday’s fatal attacks which claimed the lives of 129 people, targeted suspected terrorists linked to the shootings.

Police are said to have shot dead two of the suspects during these raids, whilst a woman in the flat is believed to have blown herself up with a suicide belt, according to prosecutors.

The operation is thought to have been targeting Abdelhamid  Abaaoud, the man believed to be behind Friday’s attacks, which killed 129 people.

EN4 News spoke to students based in the French capital, who described the atmosphere as “shell shocked”, leaving residents “tense and jumpy.”

“People set off fireworks at Place de la République in tribute to those who died and everyone fled in panic thinking it was another bomb. It’s odd trying to get on with daily life when it happened so close to home, but I get the sense people are just trying to return to normality despite the fear that something bad could happen at any time.”

Roads have been blocked off surrounding Saint Denis, and truckloads of soldiers are said to have joined the armed Police.

French interior minister Bernard Cazeneuve has praised the bravery of the officers who took part.

 

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