France said on Sunday it had launched air strikes against an Islamic State group training camp in eastern Syria in an effort to stem its growing presence there.
“France struck in Syria this morning an Islamic State training camp which threatened the security of our country,” Hollande told reporters at the United Nations, about the strike on a camp near Deir al-Zor.
The strikes were announced on the eve of the UN General Assembly in New York where Syria is back in the diplomatic limelight after four years of grinding war that has sent tens of thousands of refugees fleeing to Europe.
France, which has so far only taken part in strikes in Iraq, began reconnaissance flights over Syria earlier this month in order to gather information on Islamic State group positions.
Paris has explained its change in strategy by saying it was acting in self-defence.