April 14, 2018 / 7:56 AM / in 12 days

French Mirage, Rafale jets and frigates involved in Syria strikes - source

PARIS (Reuters) - French Mirage and Rafale fighter jets were involved in air strikes on Syria together with four frigate warships, a presidency source said on Saturday.

A French fighter jet prepares to land at RAF Akrotiri, a military base Britain maintains on Cyprus, April 14, 2018. REUTERS/Yiannis Kourtoglou

This included an air defence frigate, three multi-mission frigates, Mirage 2000 jets, Rafale, AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) and support and supply assistance, the source said.

The strikes were aimed at a research centre and two production sites, the source said.

The air strikes are over but the military is ready to act upon request, the source said.

Reporting by Jean-Baptiste Vey and Marine Pennetier; writing by Ingrid Melander; editing by Matthias Blamont and Jason Neely

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