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    Anti-Daesh Coalition Loses Key French Aircraft Carrier to Maintenance

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    The Charles de Gaulle, France’s lone aircraft carrier, is set to return to France this December for scheduled maintenance, a move that could deal a blow to the US-led coalition against Daesh.

    Refueling and maintaining the massive flattop cannot be delayed any longer, according to French officials, but France is intent on assisting the effort against Daesh in other ways.

    "Daesh is enduring tremendous pressure," Rear Admiral Olivier Lebas said, adding, "it’s very important to maintain this high pressure to take advantage of this positive momentum in the theater."

    Previously, French President Francois Hollande had postponed the maintenance, expected to last about a year. The Charles de Gaulle has deployed over 1,000 airstrikes over Iraq and Syria since the start of September 2015, Stars and Stripes reports, including at least 100 strikes since the battle over Mosul began.

    Iraqi and Kurdish ground forces have continued their push into Mosul as Russian allies have advanced into Aleppo. Meanwhile, Kurdish forces are also working to isolate Raqqa, Daesh’s capital, according to Stars and Stripes.

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    airstrike, aircraft carrier, Daesh, Francois Hollande, Olivier Lebas, Raqqa, Mosul
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    • jas
      The real worry is that Hollande burned out the ship and the crew for nothing. Now, France's sole carrier is out of action for a year or more. I think men like Hollande and Obama do that sort of thing on purpose. They enjoy tormenting the crews and their families with excessive duty.
    • Nam
      This is sad, the US-led coalition was doing great progress in whatever it is pretending to be doing.
    • michael
      info from a us military publication...interesting.
    • Igor R
      They only have enough fuel to return home
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