01:22 GMT08 August 2020
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    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)

    If French President Francois Hollande intends to effectively lead an international coalition against ISIL, involving Russia and the United States, he would have to be ready to make some political concessions, the French daily Le Temps reported.

    On Monday, Hollande called for a broad coalition including the United States and Russia to tackle ISIL which had claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks on Friday. The following day, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Russia and France's navies must develop a joint plan of action for their operations in Syria.

    Hollande is scheduled to travel to Moscow on November 26 to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during which the two leaders would negotiate an international anti-terrorism operation in Syria. Prior to meeting with Putin, the French President would also visit the United States to meet with Barack Obama.

    First things first, the French government should be ready to share intelligence with both the Russians and the Americans to coordinate their military actions. It's going to be tough, because right now Russian, US and French planes prefer not to come close to each other, Le Temps said.

    Secondly, in order to get meaningful support from Russia, Hollande will have to be ready to compromise on certain issues, namely the future of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is a Russian ally.

    It would be tough considering that some of his potential allies, such as the United States and the countries of the Persian Gulf, dream of overthrowing the government of al-Assad.

    However, the French Foreign Ministry is confident that it would be able to find a compromise and unite all different states in the fight against ISIL.

    The Islamic State claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 129 people and left more than 350 wounded.

    France has vowed retaliation and launched airstrikes on ISIL positions in the area of Raqqa in Syria over the weekend.    

    Violence Erupts as Islamic State Rises (1881)


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