- Title: Fighter jets take off on bombing missions in fight against Islamic State
- Date: 7th December 2016
- Summary: AT SEA (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) INTERIOR OF HELICOPTER AS IT APPROACHES CHARLES DE GAULLE AIRCRAFT CARRIER AIRCRAFT CARRIER AS SEEN FROM WINDOW OF HELICOPTER HELICOPTER APPROACHING DECK OF CARRIER MILITARY AIRCRAFT ON DECK OF CARRIER AS SEEN THROUGH HELICOPTER FIGHTER JETS PARKED IN A ROW ON CARRIER FIGHTER JET TAKING OFF ANOTHER FIGHTER JET TAKING OFF FIGHTER JET IN THE AIR (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER ERIC MALBRUNOT SAYING: "Right now we are engaged in the operation Inherent Resolve over Syria and Iraq. We have been engaged since the end of September, and we are sending our aircrafts - the E-2C and the Rafale over the theatre and we are doing recce missions and bombing missions." MARSHALLER DIRECTING PILOT ON DECK PILOT INSIDE MILITARY JET JET TAKING OFF HELICOPTER LANDING ON CARRIER HELICOPTER BEING TIED DOWN RADAR ON AIRCRAFT CARRIER MILITARY JETS FLYING OVER CARRIER BRIDGE (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMANDER ΕRIC ΜALBRUNOT SAYING: "So you know, there have been some attacks in Paris, these attacks in Paris have reinforced the determination of the crew." JETS FLYING OVER CARRIER AS MARSHALLERS WATCH JET LANDING VARIOUS OF MARSHALLER ASSISTING LANDING OF JET MARSHALLERS IN FRONT OF JET JET FLYING IN AND LANDING AΤ SEA (DECEMBER 7, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH REAR ADMIRAL, OLIVIER LEBAS, SAYING: "It's very important to stay as long as is necessary today to fight Daesh, to topple, eliminate, eradicate Daesh, from the Middle East. That's really an important step." AΤ SEA (DECEMBER 6, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF JETS CIRCLING OVER CARRIER VARIOUS OF JET LANDING PILOT DISEMBARKING FROM JET JETS BEING CHECKED JETS AND OTHER MILITARY AIRCRAFT PARKED ON DECK OF CARRIER JETS ON DECK
- Embargoed: 22nd December 2016 17:04
- Keywords: Iraq Syria Islamic State French aircraft carrier Charles de Gualle
- Location: AT SEA
- City: AT SEA
- Country: At Sea
- Reuters ID: LVA0015BVYGQV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Fighter jets carried out sorties from France's aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the Mediterranean Sea, as the commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting against Ιslamic State said the offensive in Mosul could take two more months.
U.S. Lieutenant-General Stephen Townsend also said even if the militant group is defeated, it will still pose a threat to Iraq and the West, during a visit to the carrier.
The U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve coalition, which includes military forces from a range of Western and Arab countries, has been bombing Islamic State positions in both Syria and Iraq since 2014.
It is now providing air support and some ground assistance to the Iraqi assault on Mosul, and working with Kurdish and Arab fighters who have made advances against Islamic State in Syria.
Τhe Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier has been engaged in operation Inherent Resolve since the end of September, and holds about 1,900 personnel. Μilitary aircraft carry out bombing and reconnaissance missions over Syria and Ιraq.
France, the first country to join U.S.-led air strikes in Iraq, has stepped up aerial operations against Islamic State, including in Syria, after several attacks by the group in France.
Αircraft carrier Commander Εric Μalbrunot said terror attacks in Paris have "reinforced the determination of the crew."
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