France launches first round of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq

French President Francois Hollande in 2013 (Image credit: Saly Bechsin/Flickr)

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French President Francois Hollande in 2013 (Image credit: Saly Bechsin/Flickr)

The French military has begun their campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, marking the country’s entrance into what one paper called “an emerging international military coalition.”

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Thus far, the strikes have been conducted by the United States. U.S. officials have been attempting to get more support from other nations in the campaign.

The White House has maintained that ground troops will not be joining the fight against Islamic State militants, but military officials seem less confident.

Meanwhile, the U.S. has approved a plan to give President Barack Obama the authority to arm “moderate” rebels in Syria.

The French airstrikes began Friday, according to the French president, targeting an Islamic State supply depot in northeastern Iraq.

French Rafale fighter jets destroyed the depot, according to a statement issued by French President Francois Hollande.

Additional French operations will follow “in coming days,” according to …read more