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France to provide air support in Iraq, but no ground troops
France to provide air support in Iraq, but no ground troops

France has agreed to a request from Iraq to carry out airstrikes on Islamic State forces in the country, President Francois Hollande said Thursday. However, Hollande said France would not go further than that. "There will be no ground troops, and we will not intervene except in Iraq,” he said at a twice-yearly news conference, ruling out action against the insurgents in neighboring Syria. Iraq is struggling to push back fighters from the extremist group who have taken over large parts of the country. Hollande said the request for "air support" came during a visit he made to Iraq on Friday and he gave his approval at a meeting earlier Thursday of the...

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