The Latest: French jets bomb Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa, targeting foreign fighters

The latest developments as Syrian troops and other nations battle militants in Syria. All times local.


10:35 a.m.

France's defense minister says French fighter jets fired airstrikes on the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria, targeting foreign fighters plotting attacks in Europe.

Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Europe-1 radio Friday that two Rafale jets bombed a training camp "and the objective was achieved." It was the second French strike on Syria, and Le Drian said "it will not be the last."

He did not elaborate on the purported attack plots.

He criticized Russia's stepped-up and wide-ranging military action in Syria, saying "80 to 90 percent" of its actions do not target the Islamic State group. Russia says its air campaign is aimed against Islamic militants.

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