French Aircraft Carrier Charles de Gaulle Launches First Anti-ISIS Missions in Syria & Iraq
The following is an excerpt from rt.com | November 23, 2015 |
Military jets from France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on Monday flew their first missions over Islamic State-controlled territories in Syria and Iraq and carried out their first airstrikes.
The jets have hit two Islamic State targets in Iraq, the French military said on Twitter.
The presence of 26 military aircraft aboard the Charles de Gaulle triples French forces in the region, adding to the 12 planes already stationed in the UAE and Jordan: six Rafale and six Mirage 2000 aircraft.
The Charles de Gaulle, France’s only aircraft carrier, was deployed in the Mediterranean on Saturday.
The start of the carrier’s military mission comes 10 days after a series of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris left 130 people dead and some 360 others injured.
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