French President Francois announced Thursday that his nation would join the United States in launching air strikes in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS.)
Hollande was adamant at a press conference Thursday that the commitment was only for airstrikes and not for ground troops, coming at the request of the Iraqi government. The French President also said his nation would only go into Iraq.
“In a National Security Council meeting this morning, I gave authorization to respond favorably to Iraq’s request…I won’t go beyond that. There will be no troops on the ground and we’ll only intervene in Iraq.
“We’re very concerned with the aspects of international law… We’ve been called in by the Iraqis, we’re not called on in Syria.”
Elsewhere, The Washington Post reports the United States Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday in approval of President Obama’s plan to train and equip “moderate Syrian rebels” to fight ISIS.
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