Sep 18, 2014 12:07 PM
France to provide air support in Iraq
The Associated Press
PARIS (AP) France has agreed to provide air support requested by Iraq to bolster its fight against the Islamic State group fighters who've captured swathes of the country, French President Francois Hollande said Thursday.
Hollande stressed that France would not go beyond providing air support, and would not strike in Syria, where the Islamic State group has also captured territory.
He said he would inform the parliament of the planned action "as soon as the first strikes that is to say, soon."
Speaking during his twice-yearly press conference, Hollande said he agreed to Iraq's request for air support at a meeting of his top defense and security advisers earlier in the day.
"This morning I decided to respond to the request of Iraqi authorities to provide air support," Hollande said. "We won't go beyond this. There won't be troops on the ground. And we will act only in Iraq."