France commits to continue fight against IS

Published January 6, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By the Associated Press

French President Emmanuel Macron is committing to continue the fight against the militant Islamic State group, including through France’s military presence in the Middle East.

A photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office shows Iraqi acting Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi receiving mourners at a condolence ceremony for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, at the prime minister's office in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, via AP/MANILA BULLETIN)
A photo released by the Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office shows Iraqi acting Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi receiving mourners at a condolence ceremony for Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy commander of Iran-backed militias in Iraq known as the Popular Mobilization Forces, at the prime minister’s office in Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. (Iraqi Prime Minister Media Office, via AP/MANILA BULLETIN)

Macron said during a Cabinet meeting on Monday that he also condemns Iran’s “aggressive intentions” and its decision to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal. That’s according to government spokeswoman Sibeth Ndiaye. She said the French leader called for a de-escalation of tensions over recent events, including the US airstrike that killed Iran’s top military commander last week in Baghdad.

France has over 1,000 troops involved in the military operation against the IS group in Iraq and Syria.

In a phone call with President Donald Trump on Sunday, Macron expressed his “full solidarity” with the US-led coalition in Iraq and France’s determination to work with partners to ease tensions. Iraq’s parliament on Sunday called for US troops in the country to leave.

 
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