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




“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.