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France sends aircraft carriers to the Middle East


French President Emmanuel Macron has announced that France will send the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier to the Middle East to support military operations in the region.

“The nuclear aircraft carrier will be sent to support ‘Chammal’ operations by April,” Macron said in a New Year’s speech before the French army in the city of Orleans.

He said the aircraft carrier would also be used in joint operations with European countries, stressing the increased risk from ISIS.

Following the ISIS-related terrorist attacks in Paris in 2015 that killed 130 people, the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was dispatched to the Eastern Mediterranean with a unit that usually includes 24 Rafale fighter jets. Last year, the aircraft was shipped to the South China Sea.

France launched Operation Chammal on September 19, 2014 in an effort to oppose the expansion of ISIS and the support of the Iraqi army and coalition. The operation was later expanded to include the ISIS threat in Syria.


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