French Warplanes Conduct Airstrikes in Northeast Iraq

Attacks targeted ISIS tunnels around the area

The French Defense Ministry issued a statement Friday, confirming that they had carried out a series of airstrikes on Thursday in northeastern Iraq. French Rafale fighters carried out attacks on what are believed to have been a number of ISIS tunnels in the area.

The statement said the strike was carried out with coordination from the anti-ISIS coalition, and with support from a Reaper drone provided by an unnamed coalition member. They believe destroying the tunnels would degrade their military capabilities.

French planes are based out of Jordan and the United Arab Emirates in the area, and have flown 29 sorties this past week, according to the defense ministry. Though the French raid carried out several strikes, it’s unclear if there were any casualties or what, if anything, was damaged.

Anti-ISIS coalition members are keen to emphasize that the recent death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi doesn’t mean the end of the war. With concern about ISIS revenge attacks, especially in France, such attacks may be provoking more violence abroad.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of