France has been quick in putting words into action. On the day that Airheadsfly.com reported the French president’s announcement of possible French bombing of so-called Islamic State forces (ISIS) in Iraq, the two Rafale fighters deployed initially for recon duties to the United Arab Emirates already executed their first air strike.
Paris confirmed on Friday 19 September that the Armée de l’Air (AdlA) Dassault Rafales dropped live ordnance on and destroyed a depot in the northeast of Iraq, near the city of Mosul. The French government said it will continue and possible increase the number of air strikes on terrorist group Daech (called ISIS or ISIL in other countries) over the coming days.
With this action France becomes the fifth nation – after Syria, Iraq, Iran and the USA – that actually have fired for real at ISIS positions with its combat aircraft. Australia might follow soon, as well as Belgium and the Netherlands.
Both Rafales used laser guided GBU-12s on the target, were refuelled in mid-air by the C135FR also flying from UAE’s Al Dhafra Airbase. A French Navy Breguet Atlantique 2 maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft made an assessment flight over the destroyed targets after the strike.
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