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France to Deploy Aircraft Carrier to Help Operations Against IS

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FILE - French sailors work on the flight deck of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf, March 17, 2015.

FILE - French sailors work on the flight deck of the French Navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Persian Gulf, March 17, 2015.

France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier will be deployed to support operations against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, France's presidency said in a statement on Thursday.

"The deployment of the battle group alongside the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has been decided to participate in operations against Daesch and its affiliate groups," the statement said after a defense Cabinet meeting, referring to the Arabic acronym for Islamic State.

The statement added that Paris supported efforts to reach a political transition in Syria, but that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in no way could be part of the country's future.

The carrier is usually accompanied by an attack submarine, several frigates and a refuelling ship.


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PARIS, Nov 5 (Reuters) - France's Charles de Gaulle aircraft
carrier will be deployed to support operations against Islamic
State in Syria and Iraq, France's presidency said in a statement
on Thursday.
"The deployment of the battle group alongside the Charles de
Gaulle aircraft carrier has been decided to participate in
operations against Daesch and its affiliate groups," the
statement said after a defence cabinet meeting, referring to the
Arabic acronym for Islamic State.
The statement added that Paris supported efforts to reach a
political transition in Syria, but that Syrian President Bashar
al-Assad in no way could be part of the country's future.
The carrier is usually accompanied by an attack submarine,
several frigates and a refuelling ship.

(Reporting By John Irish; Editing by Andrew Callus)

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