Hollande: airstrikes against IS will accelerate

Updated - November 17, 2021 03:14 am IST

Published - January 21, 2016 05:26 pm IST - PARIS:

French President Francois Hollande has said that this year must be one “of transition in Syria.”

French President Francois Hollande has said that this year must be one “of transition in Syria.”

French President Francois Hollande has said airstrikes against Islamic State (IS) extremists will accelerate in coming months.

In a speech Thursday to the country’s diplomatic corps, Mr. Hollande said that this year must be one “of transition in Syria.”

Categorical that Assad must go

France has joined the United States in carrying out airstrikes in Syria and Iraq, but has said peace will come only with the departure of President Bashar Assad. The November 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 dead and hundreds injured were carried out largely by French-speaking Europeans who had trained with the IS.

The French President said the allied strategy against the organization “depends upon the liberation of Raqqa in Syria and Mosul in Iraq” — the cities where the extremists have based their command centres.

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