France to move aircraft carrier from Syria fight to Persian Gulf

France to move aircraft carrier from Syria fight to Persian Gulf

[Ed. – That didn’t last long.  Note: the French Air Force, operating from land, will presumably remain available for strikes on Syria from the western approaches.]

The aircraft carrier at the heart of France’s campaign of air strikes on Islamic State jihadists will move from the eastern Mediterranean to the Gulf “in a few days”, President Francois Hollande told its crew during a visit Friday.

“In a few days, you will go into a new zone, taking over command responsibilities from our allies in the coalition,” Hollande said, after arriving by helicopter

The Charles de Gaulle will take over duties from a US carrier in the Gulf, coordinating strikes on IS targets in Iraq and, increasingly, in Syria.

“You will continue in another way the struggle that we have undertaken against terrorism,” Hollande told the crew.

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