Russia staged air strikes on Raqqa in northern Syria as French bombers also targeted the IS stronghold.

 

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“At this moment, the Russians are in the process of strongly hitting the city of Raqqa, which is proof that they too are becoming conscious [of the threat from Islamic State],” the source said.

 

Putin announced this morning that Russia would intensify its strikes in Syria after the Russian intelligence service said they had found conclusive proof that a bomb had brought down the Metrojet airliner in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula, carrying Russian tourists from Sharm el-Sheikh.

 

The activist group ‘Raqqa is being slaughtered silently’, which works against Islamic State, said airstrikes had indeed hit the city early this morning.