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France ready to step up airstrikes vs ISIS

/ 11:18 AM December 04, 2014
France Iraq Islamic State

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, and France’s President Francois Hollande, right, attend a joint media conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met earlier with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Brussels to discuss the fight against Islamic State militants. AP

PARIS — France’s president said that the country is ready to step up airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq, alongside the U.S.-led coalition.

After a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Paris Wednesday, Francois Hollande told journalists that France was ready to “carry out quick and efficient actions” to back up Iraqi forces.

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Last week, France announced it would send six fighter jets to Jordan to back the U.S.-led coalition, in addition to the 12 French aircraft already participating in strikes in Iraq.

Hollande and al-Abadi didn’t comment on a report from the Pentagon Tuesday that said Iran had launched airstrikes against Islamic State forces in eastern Iraq.

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