French minister heads to Iraq amid ISIS resurgence

French Defence Minister Florence Parly leaves the Elysee Presidential Palace after a weekly cabinet meeting, in Paris, France May 27, 2020 as France eases lockdown measures taken to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via Reuters)

French armed forces minister Florence Parly began a trip to Iraq on Thursday that the ministry said formed part of the country’s ongoing commitment to the fight against terrorism and its support for Iraq’s sovereignty.

“The minister for the armed forces is insistent upon the fact that Islamic State remains a serious challenge which we must continue to face up to. French airstrikes against isolated pockets of Islamic State have picked up in recent months,” the French armed forces ministry said in a statement.

Ministry officials said Paris was concerned by a resurgence in Iraq of ISIS, which is profiting from political uncertainty in the country and rivalries between Iran and the United States in the region.

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Last Update: Thursday, 27 August 2020 KSA 10:47 - GMT 07:47