France Bombs ISIS in Raqaa

Posted: November 15, 2015 in -
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FILE - This undated file image posted on a militant website on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 shows fighters from the al-Qaida linked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) marching in Raqqa, Syria. Once a vibrant, mixed city considered a bastion of support for President Bashar Assad, the eastern city of Raqqa is now a shell of its former life, transformed by al-Qaida militants into the nucleus of the terror group's version of an Islamic caliphate they hope one day to establish in Syria and Iraq. In rare interviews with The Associated Press, residents and activists in Raqqa describe a city where fear prevails, music has been banned, Christians have to pay religious tax in return for protection and face-veiled women and pistol-wielding men in jihadi uniforms patrol the streets. (AP Photo/militant website, File)

French jets bomb ISIS command center, other targets in Raqqa

Dr. Peter Dale Scott notes:

Prominent in US newspapers are stories reporting how France’s air strikes on Raqqa, the capital of Daesh (the Islamic State) are “retaliation” for the bombings in Paris. There has been much less reporting of Daesh’s previous proclamation that the bombings in Paris “were retaliation for French airstrikes [five days earlier] against the group in Syria and Iraq.” (Wall Street Journal, November 14, 2015). I noticed even less media attention to the French bombing of Raqqa on November 8. (This was bombing that France, insanely, “hoped might be pre-emptive,” – New York Times, November 16, 2015)

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