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France's airstrike targets an oil center in Syria controlled by the IS group

This photo released on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a French army Mirage 2000 jet on the tarmac of an undisclosed air base as part of France's Operation Chammal launched in September 2015 in support of the US-led coalition against Islamic State group. France’s defense ministry says that a French airstrike has targeted an oil center controlled by Islamic State’s militants in Syria as part of a strategy to cut off the group’s funding resources. The two-hour operation conducted on Sunday near Deir ez-Zor, in the East of Syria, involved two fighter jets based in Jordan, the ministry detailed in a written statement. (French Air Force/ECPAD via AP) THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 30 DAYS FROM TIME TRANSMISSION.

This photo released on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015 by the French Army Communications Audiovisual office (ECPAD) shows a French army Mirage 2000 jet on the tarmac of an undisclosed air base as part of France's Operation Chammal launched in September 2015 in support of the US-led coalition against Islamic State group. France’s defense ministry says that a French airstrike has targeted an oil center controlled by Islamic State’s militants in Syria as part of a strategy to cut off the group’s funding resources. The two-hour operation conducted on Sunday near Deir ez-Zor, in the East of Syria, involved two fighter jets based in Jordan, the ministry detailed in a written statement. (French Air Force/ECPAD via AP) THIS IMAGE MAY ONLY BE USED FOR 30 DAYS FROM TIME TRANSMISSION.  (The Associated Press)

France's defense ministry says a French airstrike has targeted an oil distribution center in Syria controlled by the Islamic State's militants as part of a strategy to cut the group's funding resources.

The two-hour operation conducted Sunday near Deir ez-Zor, in the East of Syria, involved two fighter jets based in Jordan. It was conducted in coordination with France's allies in the region, the ministry said Monday in a statement.

France joined the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq last year and expanded its campaign to Syria in September.

The country's aircraft carrier is to be deployed soon in the Persian Gulf to assist the fight against the IS group in Iraq and Syria, French President Francois Hollande announced last week.