Updated 11:49 AM EST, Thu, Jan 20, 2022

Paris Attack: France Launches Attack on Syria, Manhunt Underway

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France has retaliated from the terrorist attacks that plagued Paris Friday night.

In a report by The Washington Post, French warplanes have already launched assault on targets in Raqqa, Syria -- the de facto capital of the Islamic State. This was done in coordination with the US defense officials who helped with the targeting.

According to the reports, the French Defense Ministry has had 10 aircrafts drop 20 bombs on facilities that has been used by the militant group, including a command center, a militant-training facility and an arms depot. USA Today noted that this is the biggest airstrike since France extended its campaign against the group in Syria in September.

However, opposition activists in Raqqua said that there were not 20, but at least 30 bombs dropped, hitting among other hings, a local football stadium, a museum and even medical facilities. More than that, the strikes also cut the electricity in a city with a population of about 200,000.

In Paris, a "Wanted" alert photo is being circulated for Brussels native Abdeslam Salah, brother of one of the seven terrorists who died during one of the assaults last Friday. Police warned that Salah "is dangerous", adding, "do not approach him yourself."

These security concerns, according to USA Today, are well-founded, considering that several Kalashnikov rifles believed to have been used by the attackers were found in an abandoned car last Sunday in the Montreuil area in Paris. This discovery fueled unease in the area that one or more of the attackers may still be loose around the vast city.

On the other hand, The Washington Post noted that Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari, said on Sunday that the Iraqi intelligence managed to get information before the Paris attacks and that it was stated that the Islamic State was planning more terrorist strikes overseas that may be aimed "in particular" at France, the United States and Iran. However, his statement did not include specifics as to when the Iraqis acquired the said information.

Obama vowed yet again on Sunday to help France hunt down the attackers, and Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes noted that Obama agreed with French President Francois Hollande that the coordinated attacks, which killed at least 132 civilians and wounded more than 350, was an "act of war".

The United States is reported to continue its strategy against the Islamic State in response to the attacks and President Barack Obama has already approved of the escalation of airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, as well as the deployment of 50 Special Operations troops to assist Syrian Kurdish and Arab forces.

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