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Anti-IS coalition takes shape as France carries out air strikes

More than a decade after France refused to back the 2003 Iraq invasion, France becomes the first country to join the US aerial campaign in the country

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Two Rafale fighter jets flying on a reconnaissance mission over Iraq after taking off from the Al-Dhafra base in the UAE (AFP)

Source: middleeasteye.net

France carried out its first air strike against the Islamic State group in Iraq Friday, boosting US-led efforts to unite the world against the growing threat posed by the militants.

More than a decade after Paris famously refused to back the invasion of Iraq, France became the first nation to join the US aerial campaign in the war-torn country.

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