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France’s de­fence min­is­ter says 10 French fighter jets are car­ry­ing out new airstrikes on Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant (ISIL) group tar­gets in Syria.

Min­is­ter Jean-Yves Le Drian says the jets have car­ried out new raids Tues­day evening. Speak­ing on TF1 TV, the French de­fence min­is­ter said France will have 36 fighter jets in the re­gion ca­pa­ble of car­ry­ing out airstrikes on ISIL tar­gets once the Charles de Gaulle air­craft car­rier reaches the zone. The car­rier em­barks from Toulon on Thurs­day.

Mean­while, French po­lice are hunt­ing for a sec­ond fugi­tive di­rectly in­volved in the deadly Paris at­tacks, of­fi­cials said Tues­day, as France made an un­prece­dented de­mand that its Euro­pean Union al­lies sup­port its mil­i­tary ac­tion against the ISIL group.

French and Bel­gian po­lice were al­ready look­ing for a key sus­pect, 26-year-old Salah Ab­deslam, whose sui­cide-bomber brother, Brahim, died in the at­tacks Fri­day night that killed at least 129 peo­ple and left over 350 wounded in Paris. ISIL mil­i­tants have claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for the car­nage.

AFP PHOTO/ ECPAD/EMA

French war­planes are shown bomb­ing op­er­a­tional sites at the Is­lamic State of Iraq and the Le­vant’s Syria strong­hold Raqqa. Tues­day marked France’s third con­sec­u­tive day of airstrikes against ji­hadists.

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