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France Says Carried Out Air Strikes In Iraq September 25


France says it has carried out a new round of air strikes against Islamic State (IS) targets in Iraq.

Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said French fighter jets struck targets in Iraq on September 25 in the morning, without giving any further details.

The strikes were the first by French jets since September 19 when Paris joined the United States military action against IS insurgents in Iraq.

Earlier on September 25, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France's possible participation in air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is "on the table."

France has joined the coalition bombing of Islamic State targets in Iraq on the basis it was asked for help by Baghdad, but has refrained so far from doing so in Syria.

Le Drian is due to take part in a war cabinet meeting with President Francois Hollande on September 25.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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