By John Lee.
France is to send more military advisors to Iraq, in addition to sending a aircraft carrier to the region, as it steps up its fight against the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh).
President Francois Hollande (pictured) said:
“We will intensify the army’s efforts to support the Iraqis as they try to recapture Mosul (from the jihadist group).”
Newsweek quotes him as adding, “we must strike and destroy those who aggressed us here”, a reference to the Charlie Hebdo attacks that left 17 people dead in January 2015, and the Paris attacks that left 130 people dead in November; the President was speaking before the most recent terror attack in Nice that left more than 80 people dead, including many children.
The aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle will also be sent to the region in the autumn.
(Sources: AFP, Newsweek, Reuters)