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France deploys nuclear aircraft carrier to fight ISIS

150305-N-ZZ999-001 ARABIAN GULF (Mar. 5, 2015) A French Super Étendard Marine aircraft from French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle refuels with an F/A-18E Super Hornet from the Sunliners of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 81 from US aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70). Carl Vinson is deployed as part of the Carl Vinson Strike Group supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photographer/Released)

French presidency announces nuclear-power aircraft carrier being sent to help fight in Iraq and Syria, in notable escalation.

The French presidency on Thursday said it would deploy its Charles deGaulle aircraft carrier to boost its operations against the Islamic State (ISIS) jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.

The presence of the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, the flagship of the French navy, will add to the six Rafale jets stationed in the United Arab Emirates and the six Mirages flying out of Jordan.

The Charles de Gaulle did a two-month stint in the Gulf from February, from where strikes against ISIS in Iraq were carried out, before returning to its base in the French port of Toulon.

During this time about 20 aircraft carried out 10-15 combat sorties a day, according to the army.

France launched air strikes against the jihadists in Syria in October, after a year of bombing ISIS in Iraq, saying it was acting in self defense so as to prevent the terrorists from reaching France.

France was hit by a jihadist attack


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