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    French Aircraft Carrier to Return to Anti-Daesh Mission in Persian Gulf

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    French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will return to its mission to combat Daesh in Persian Gulf, French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday.

    PARIS (Sputnik) — French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will return to its mission to combat Daesh terrorist group in Persian Gulf, after undergoing technical maintenance in France, French President Francois Hollande said Wednesday.

    The head of the country added, that France will boost its assistance to the Iraqi army in the fight for freeing Mosul from terrorists in northern Iraq by sending military instructors to the country.

    In 2015, the French aircraft carrier was deployed to the Persian Gulf to back military operations against Daesh militants, outlawed in Russia and numerous other countries. In spring of 2016 it returned to Toulon in southern France, where it underwent technical maintenance.

    Iraqi forces are carrying out operations in Nineveh in preparation for an assault on Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city that has been under Daesh control since 2014.

    The US-led coalition of more than 60 nations, including France, has been carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq since the summer of 2014.

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