France to redeploy aircraft carrier in Mosul fight
President Francois Hollande also suggests an increase in ground troops for training and support to take back Mosul
President Francois Hollande has announced that France will redeploy the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier this fall to step up the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and suggested an increase in ground troops for training and support to take back Mosul, in northern Iraq.
Hollande, speaking Wednesday ahead of the Bastille Day military parade Thursday, said “we must strike and destroy those who aggressed us here” in two sets of attacks last year.
Hollande said the November attacks in Paris claimed by ISIS “were decided” in Raqqa, Syria and Mosul in northern Iraq, the two strongholds of ISIS militants.
Those attacks killed 130 and 17 more died in two January attacks. With the carrier battle group in place, France can up its striking power in the US-led coalition carrying out strikes on ISIS.