France extends air strikes against ISIS in Iraq

French members of parliament and ministers (foreground) observe a minute of silence on Jan. 13, 2015. (AFP)

The French lower house of Parliament approved on Tuesday air strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in Iraq, reported the Associated Press.

The vote on Tuesday came after France’s worst terrorist attacks in decades last week.

A man claiming allegiance to ISIS killed four people in a kosher market and a policewoman in Paris while two brothers claiming ties to Al-Qaeda in Yemen killed 12 people at a Paris newspaper office.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls, speaking to the National Assembly ahead of the vote, said “France is at war against radical Islam” but he insisted “France is not at war against Islam.”

France quickly joined the United States in conducting air strikes against the Islamic State last year. French law requires a vote on extending such operations after four months.
 

(With AP)

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