French aircraft carrier to join US-led campaign: Report

French aircraft carrier to join US-led campaign: Report

HomeMiddle EastIraq Wed Jan 7, 2015 12:57AM

French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is reportedly to join the US-led bombing campaign against the ISIL Takfiri terrorist group.

The carrier will travel to the Persian Gulf with its fleet of air and naval craft, including Rafale and Super Etendard fighter jets and an attack submarine, to take part in the campaign against ISIL militants in Iraq, military news website Mer et Marine reported on Tuesday.

The deployment of the battle group is due to be announced by President Francois Hollande on January 14.

“The Charles de Gaulle will be available to participate, if necessary, in all operational missions,” the Elysee Palace said.

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve has said the number of French nationals leaving the European country to join the ISIL militant group in Syria and Iraq showed an 82-percent rise in 2014, almost doubling since the beginning of the year.

Since August, the US and some of its allies have been conducting airstrikes against what they say are ISIL positions in Iraq. Some members of the US-led coalition also started a similar bombing campaign inside Syria in September.

However, the raids have so far failed to dislodge the Takfiri group.

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