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French airstrikes against Daesh in northeastern Iraq

(B2) “French Rafales from Operation Chammal destroyed several Daesh caches and tunnels in northeastern Iraq on Thursday (October 31)” announced French Defense Minister Florence Parly this Friday via Twitter.

(credit: Army Staff)

No respite for Daesh

And the minister added as a reference to the American abandonment in the north-east of Syria: “ The Levant has been the scene of many recent reversals. France's position is constant, and its determination to fight terrorism intact.. [...] The fight goes on. [...] We leave no respite » to the organization of the Islamic state.

An Atlantique 2 in observation and a Reaper in support

This operation was carried out in a joint and coordinated manner with other elements of the international coalition » we add from the army general staff. Prepared “ with our allies as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the strike was thus preceded by an observation by the “Atlantique 2” maritime patrol aircraft, and was supported by a Coalition Reaper drone. The absence of a civilian population around the target was confirmed previously, and again at the time of the shooting.


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).