France Launches Air Strikes in Syria
France says it has launched its first air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Syria.
A statement from the office of French President Francois Hollande said the strikes were conducted early Sunday and were coordinated with France's regional partners.
Earlier this month, France had begun reconnaissance flights over Syria. President Hollande's statement said information about the targets of Sunday's strikes was gathered from that surveillance.
"Our country thus confirms its resolute commitment to fight against the terrorist threat" represented by the Islamic State, the statement said. "We will strike each time that our national security is at stake."
Until Sunday, France had only taken part in air strikes against the jihadists in neighboring Iraq.
Palestinians, Israeli Police Clash at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli riot police briefly clashed with Palestinian protesters at Jerusalem's flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound early Sunday, raising tensions ahead of a major Jewish holiday.
Young masked Palestinians "threw stones and fireworks at police and border police forces," who responded with "riot dispersal means," police said.
No injuries or arrests were reported following the altercations at the hilltop compound in Jerusalem's Old City that is revered by Jews and Muslims.
After the clashes on what was the last day of the Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday, Palestinian protesters prepared "to defend" the mosque during the eight-day Jewish Sukkot festival, stocking stones inside the shrine and planning to sleep in it.
Sukkot, which started at sunset, is expected to lead to an increase in Jewish visitors to the Al-Aqsa compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount. Muslims call it the Noble Sanctuary and revere it as their third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Under current rules, Jews can visit the site, but not pray there for fear it would create friction with Muslim worshippers.