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Posted at: Nov 18, 2015, 10:42 AM; last updated: Nov 18, 2015, 10:42 AM (IST)

Russians up strikes in French fury

Moscow confirms bomb downed its airliner in Oct, Paris calls for EU assistance

Terror scare

  • Moscow steps up offensive Russia uses long-range bombers and cruise missiles in Syria; to bolster its strike with 37 aircraft
  • Crackdown on suspects:German police detain seven persons close to Germany's border with Belgium and the Netherlands in an op linked to the Paris attacks; French police conduct 128 raids
  • Soccer match called off : A soccer game between Germany and the Netherlands in Hanover on Monday called off after a suspicious object is found
  • Unprecedented security At Wembley stadium In London, 80,000 watch a football match between England and France with SAS units having shoot orders
  • UK plans strategy :British PM David Cameron has said he will present to Parliament a strategy for tackling Islamic State
  • Hollande to meet Putin:French President Hollande to meet Putin and Obama to convince them for a grand coalition against the IS

Paris/Moscow, November 17

France and Russia staged air strikes on Islamic State targets in northern Syria on Tuesday, punishing the group for attacks in Paris and against a Russian airliner that together killed 353 people.

Edit: G-20: From trade to terror

Islamic State had claimed responsibility for a coordinated onslaught in Paris on Friday and the downing of a Russian charter jet over Sinai on October 31, saying they were in retaliation for French and Russian air raids in Iraq and Syria.
Still reeling from the Paris carnage that killed 129, most of them young people, France formally requested European Union assistance in its fight against the militants and British PM David Cameron edged closer to extending military action against Islamic State in Syria. Police investigating the worst atrocity in France since World War-II discovered two safe houses in Paris where they believe the militants launched their assault. Underlining the widening scope of the probe, the police in Germany said they arrested five suspects, including two women. 

In Moscow, the Kremlin acknowledged that a homemade bomb had destroyed a Russian airliner last month, killing 224 people. President Vladimir Putin vowed to hunt down those responsible and intensify air strikes against Islamists in Syria.

“Our air force's military work in Syria must not simply be continued,” he said. “It must be intensified in such a way that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable.” Western officials said Russia launched a “significant number” of strikes hitting the Islamic State stronghold of Raqa. In a separate action, apparently not coordinated, French warplanes targeted Raqa for a second day. French President Francois Hollande has said he will see Putin and US President Barack Obama to convince them to join a grand coalition against Islamic State. — Reuters


"We will find them anywhere on the planet and punish them. Our air force's military work in Syria must not simply be continued. It must be intensified in such a way that the criminals understand that retribution is inevitable." —Vladimir Putin, Russian President

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