France will deploy its Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to assist airstrikes against ISIS militants in Syria and Iraq.
France will also send artillery to Iraq to help the Iraqi army fight ISIS terrorists.
“The Defense Council and I made a decision this morning to provide Iraqi forces with artillery as a part of anti-Daesh efforts. The artillery will be delivered in August,” Hollande said.
“The Charles de Gaulle airacrft carrier will arrive in the region by the end of September. It and our Rafale aircraft will allow to intensify our strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria and Iraq,” Hollande said in a televised statement.
“We support the operations in Syria and Iraq, but will not send our troops. We have advice to give, training to provide, but we will not deploy men on the ground,” Hollande said.
“Terrorists want to scare us and divide us… Our unity and cohesion are more crucial than ever.”
Forces in Iraq are currently out operation in Nineveh in preparation for the their large scale