Paris: US forces have written messages on their missiles bound for IS a stronghold in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris. France launched “massive” air strikes on the Islamic State group’s de-facto capital in Syria on Sunday night, destroying a jihadi training camp and a munitions dump in Raqqa city, where Iraqi intelligence officials say the attacks on Paris were planned.
Twelve aircraft including 10 fighter jets dropped 20 bombs in the biggest air strikes since France extended its campaign against the extremist group to Syria in September, a Defense Ministry statement said. The jets took off from sites in Jordan and the Persian Gulf, in coordination with U.S. forces.
IS has claimed responsibility for the atrocities on Friday night during which at least 132 were killed in five separate locations in the French capital.
And photos have emerged on social media today of Hellfire missles and JDAM bombs, allegedly bound for Syria or Iraq, with the slogan “From Paris, With Love” emblazoned on the sides.
In an apparent act of commemoration to the tragic losses, the messages were written in black marker and white tape. Writing graffiti on bombs has been a tradition in the US military since WW2. It is unclear the precise location the bombs took off from or were headed.
French troops have deployed by the thousands and tourist sites remain shuttered in one of the most visited cities on Earth. Panic ensued Sunday night as police abruptly cleared hundreds of mourners from the famed Place de la Republique square, where police said firecrackers sparked a false alarm.
“Whoever starts running starts everyone else running,” said Alice Carton, city council member who was at the square. “It’s a very weird atmosphere. The sirens and screaming are a source of fear.”