France intensifies anti-ISIS strikes


French Parliament. File photo

ARA News

On Tuesday the French lower house of Parliament approved air strikes against the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) in Iraq, the AP reported.

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

A man claiming allegiance to IS 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 before 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.


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