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The French military carried out its first airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq, attacking a logistics depot in the northeast. President Hollande said precautions had been taken to ensure there were no civilian casualties, and more strikes will be carried out in the coming days. Some jihadists on Twitter called for retaliation against France.
President Hollande said France would provide air supportfor Iraqi army efforts against the Islamic State in Iraq, but would not participate in strikes on the IS in Syria and in any case would not be providing ground troops for the effort against the group. He indicated that French airstrikes against IS targets in Iraq would begin shortly. The Foreign Ministry decided to start referring to the IS as "Daesh."
Security forces arrested five or six people in Lyon who are suspected of recruiting fighters for extremist groups in Syria and Iraq. Two of the suspects are minors, and one of the suspects is female and the sister of another suspect. The suspects allegedly focused on recruiting females for jihad. Another suspect is connected to the banned group Forsane Alizza, or Knights of Pride, which seeks to establish an Islamic caliphate in France. Interior Minister Cazeneuve said that 930 French citizens and foreign nationals in France are involved in Islamic extremism; among those, hundreds have joined the Islamic State in Syria and others are in France.
Foreign Minister Fabius said France wants to participate in the airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria. Yesterday France had expressed willingness to "participate, if necessary, in military air action" in Iraq. Mourad Fares a.k.a. Abu Hassan al Faransi, a prominent jihadist recruiter linked to first the Islamic State and then the Al Nusrah Front, was arrested in France after being turned over by Turkey, where he was arrested on Aug. 16. He reportedly had been working from two bases along the Turkish-Syrian border.
Nicolas Henin, a French reporter who was held hostage by ISIS in Syria after being captured in June 2013, said that Mehdi Nemmouche, a suspect in the murder of four people at a Jewish museum in Brussels in May, was among his captors in Syria and that he was a torturer. Henin was freed along with three other captive French journalists in April. Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, a controversial French entertainer who has been convicted of hate speech, including anti-Semitism on several occasions, is being investigated for making a video that celebrates the beheading of American reporter James Foley as "progress."
President Hollande issued a statement raising the possibility of French military action against the Islamic State. Meriam Rhaiem, 25, of eastern France, welcomed her young daughter home after authorities retrieved the child from her father, a French jihadist who had traveled to Syria to join the Al Nusrah Front last year; the father was arrested in Turkey last week.