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    France to Send Aircraft Carrier to Aid Coalition Fight Against Daesh

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    France will send artillery to Iraq and its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to assist the US-led coalition’s efforts in Syria and Iraq in the coming months, but will not deploy its troops in these countries, French President Francois Hollande said Friday.

    France will also send artillery to Iraq in August to help the Iraqi army fight Daesh terrorists, the President added.

    "The Defense Council and I made a decision this morning to provide Iraqi forces with artillery as a part of anti-Daesh efforts. The artillery will be delivered in August," Hollande said.

    The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will be sent to the region in September, the President added.

    "The Charles de Gaulle airacrft carrier will arrive in the region by the end of September. It and our Rafale aircraft will allow to intensify our strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq," Hollande said in a televised statement.

    However, France "will not deploy ground troops," Hollande said.

    "We support the operations in Syria and Iraq, but will not send our troops. We have advice to give, training to provide, but we will not deploy men on the ground," Hollande stressed.

    In 2015, the French aircraft carrier was deployed to the Persian Gulf to back military operations against Daesh terrorists. 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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    • avatar
      hahaha how pathetic 60 notions let by the US are not able to accomplish what Russia did in a couple of months
    • avatar
      Hollande tries so hard to not be so obvious about what's now his 4th or so obvious false flag to try and justify military movements that should NEVER occur.

      They still don't get that the internet is what it is. Events can be traced in chronological order ad patterns emerge. They act like they want to get caught.
    • avatar
      French not invited or wanted in Syria. Go back to Toulon.
    • Agus Nizami
      France is creating terrorists like Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria. Will France bomb ISIS or just civillians or Syrian army as usual?
    • avatar
      Because their air strike had a great achievement last time they murdered 140 civilians?!
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