One of the two Rafales taking part in the first air strike on ISIL / Groupe Daesh taxiing for take-off on Al Dhafra Airbase, United Arab Emirates (Image © Armée de l'Air)

France sends more Rafales to bomb ISIS

French president François Hollande ordered an additional three Dassault Rafale fighter jets to Al Dhafra Airbase in the United Arab Emirates.

The three will supplement the six Rafales currently deployed there as part of Operation Chammal, which is the French contribution to the international air strikes on targets of the so-called Islamic State forces (Daech in French) in Iraq and Syria.

The French commenced their bombing operations on 19 September, focusing on Iraq only. The mission is supported by a French Air Force C135FR tanker also based al Al Dhafra for the time being and an Breguet Atlantique 2 MPA from the French Navy for reconnaissance and battle damage assessment.

The French fighters not only fly strike missions, but also perform tactical reconnaissance duties.

Source: Ministére de la Défense

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One of the two Rafales taking part in the first air strike on ISIL / Groupe Daech taxiing for take-off on Al Dhafra Airbase, United Arab Emirates (Image © Armée de l'Air)
One of the two Rafales taking part in the first air strike on ISIL / Groupe Daech taxiing for take-off on Al Dhafra Airbase, United Arab Emirates (Image © Armée de l’Air)