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France Will Begin Reconnaissance Flights Over Syria

© AP Photo / Jake SimkinThis Nov. 20, 2014 photo shows an area controlled by the Islamic State group, past the Qada Azadi roundabout, foreground, in Kobani, Syria.
This Nov. 20, 2014 photo shows an area controlled by the Islamic State group, past the Qada Azadi roundabout, foreground, in Kobani, Syria. - Sputnik International
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France will begin reconnaissance flights over Syria on Tuesday and will consider launching airstrikes against Islamic State militants, the country's President Francois Hollande said Monday.

PARIS (Sputnik) — Hollande ruled out sending ground forces to Syria, which has been engulfed in a civil war since 2011, as "unrealistic and illogical."

"Once the information is gathered by reconnaissance flights, we will be ready to launch strikes against Daesh [alternative name for ISIL]," Hollande told reporters in the French capital.

A French Navy HawEye prepares to take off from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle operating in the Gulf on February 26, 2015 - Sputnik International
France Considering Expanding Anti-ISIL Airstrikes to Syria
Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces are engaged in a two-front campaign against fragmented opposition fighters and extremist groups, including the Nusra Front and ISIL.

The French leader said he had ordered Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to launch surveillance flights over the Syrian border on September 8 to enable France to carry out anti-ISIL strikes. France currently only participates in airstrikes in Iraq and supplies arms to the so-called moderate opposition in Syria.

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