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French war planes destroy IS weapons site

French war planes have destroyed a site in Syria used by Islamic State extremists to produce missiles and store weapons.

The French Defence Ministry said in a statement that the overnight air strikes targeted a site east of Aleppo, in an operation conducted by Rafale fighter jets using SCALP cruise missiles.

The French jets were acting jointly with the US-led coalition, the statement said.

France joined the US-led coalition against Islamic State extremists in Iraq in 2014 and expanded its operations to Syria in September. French war planes intensified military action against IS targets after the extremist group claimed responsibility for attacks in Paris on November 13 that killed 130 people.

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