French jets launch air strikes on IS in northern Iraq

2015-11-17 12:56:36 GMT2015-11-17 20:56:36(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

KIRKUK, Iraq, Nov. 17 (Xinhua) -- French jet fighters on Tuesday carried out air strikes on Islamic State (IS) positions in Iraq's northern province of Kirkuk, a Kurdish security source said.

"French warplanes affiliated to U.S.-led coalition carried out the attacks around noon on IS positions in the IS-held town of Hawijah and the areas of Rashad and Riyadh in southwest of the city of Kirkuk," the source from the Kurdish security forces, known as Peshmerga, told Xinhua on condition of anonymity.

The source confirmed that the air strikes, which were based on intelligence reports, killed and wounded dozens of IS militants, the source said without giving further details.

The strikes against the IS came after the terrorist group claimed responsibility for Friday's deadly attacks in Paris, which left at least 129 people dead and more than 300 others wounded.

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