Tense talks mounted Monday as world leaders convened on the United Nations in New York City to discuss terrorism around the globe. France announced that it had conducted its first bombings in Syria against ISIS, and though all agree on a common enemy, Russia pegs responsibility on the United States for the group's growth.
The UN meeting began at the end of France's first airstrikes last week against the Islamic terror group in Syria. During the bombings, a training camp was destroyed.
NBC News reports a statement from the French presidency: "France has hit Syria. Our country as such confirms its resolute commitment to fight against the terrorist threat constituted by ISIS."
The strikes were ordered as the country believes its national security is at stake.
"We are acting in self-defense," Prime Minister Manuel Valls said.
The prime minister indicated that the camp was targeted because it was being used to train militants to attack the people of France. President Francois Hollande gladly reported news of the military campaign's success at the United Nations in New York City.
"The camp was totally destroyed," he said, with assurance that there were no civilian casualties. Six fighter jets carried the payloads.
France has, until now, been hesitant to conduct airstrikes in Syria in fear that President Bashar al-Assad would gain even more support. They were more sure when conducting military action against ISIS in Iraq. However, the NBC News report states that they were prepared to join the U.S. in bombing Syria in 2013 "before President Barack Obama unexpectedly backed off the plan."
Hollande maintained at the UN that he will order more airstrikes "in the coming weeks, if necessary."
World leaders Vladimir Putin, Obama, and Hollande are all in meetings at the UN in New York City. Putin expressed his concern over Russians joining the terrorist organization. But he placed a special blame on America for helping Muslim extremism spread in the Middle East.
“Rather than bringing about reforms, an aggressive foreign interference has resulted in the brazen destruction of institutions,” Putin said.
Putin also said that many in the ranks of ISIS are former Iraqi servicemen who have been well-trained and armed and have defected to the Islamic State. Putin's comments came after President Obama's speech, in which he shot down Putin's assessment that Assad could be a worthwhile partner in fighting ISIS.
Secretary of State John Kerry spoke Sunday about meeting with the presidents of other nations regarding this crisis. He said, "I think we have concerns about how we are going to go forward."