French jets strike Islamic State as Britain delivers support

PARIS French jets from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier struck Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria on Monday whilst Britain provided France the use of an air base in Cyprus to hit the militants group behind the Paris attacks.

French President Francois Hollande met British Prime Minister David Cameron in Paris on Monday as portion of efforts to rally help for the fight against Islamic State and Hollande is also due to go to Washington and Moscow this week.

Cameron offered air-to-air refueling services and stated he was convinced Britain should carry out air strikes alongside France on the group in Syria and would be recommending that Britain’s parliament vote through such measures.

France has intensified its bombings in Syria since the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris claimed by Islamic State that killed at least 130 individuals. The group is also getting targeted from the air by a U.S.-led coalition and Russia.

French jets taking off from the country’s flagship in the eastern Mediterranean destroyed targets in Ramadi and Mosul in Iraq on Monday in assistance of Iraqi forces on the ground, the French armed forces said in a statement.

In the evening another raid was carried out on Raqqa, Syria, exactly where the French armed forces stated its planes had destroyed numerous facilities which includes a command center.

The arrival of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the area following the Paris attacks has tripled the French air force’s firepower by boosting the number of planes targeting Islamic State to 38.

“I firmly assistance the action that President Hollande has taken to strike ISIL (Islamic State) in Syria and it is my firm conviction that Britain ought to do so too,” Cameron stated at a joint news conference right after his meeting with Hollande.

“Later this week, I will set out in parliament our complete method for tackling ISIL,” Cameron mentioned.

Cameron is eager to keep away from a repeat of 2013 when he lost a vote on air strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces. Britain is already bombing Islamic State in Iraq.

WASHINGTON AND MOSCOW

Hollande stated France planned to intensify its air strikes on Islamic State in Syria, adding that it would concentrate on destroying targets that would lead to as significantly harm as attainable.

Besides the aircraft carrier, Britain’s Cyprus Akrotiri air base could offer you one more alternative for French jets, which had been making use of bases in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates until Monday.

On Tuesday, Hollande is due to pay a visit to Washington exactly where he hopes to overcome President Barack Obama’s reluctance to get sucked further into the Syria conflict.

Speaking before Hollande’s Washington trip, which will be followed by a check out to Russia later in the week, French officials made no secret of their wish to see the United States do more.

In in between the two trips, Hollande is due to obtain German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday night and Italy’s President Matteo Renzi on Thursday morning.

“We all require each and every other, so we have to discover methods to coordinate,” French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian stated on Sunday. “We can do that without a combined military command structure, we just require to talk to every single other.”

(Added reporting by Matthias Blamont Editing by David Clarke and Sandra Maler)

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