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France Deploys an Aircraft Carrier in the Middle East

PARIS – French President Emmanuel Macron said that France will deploy the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle and its battle group from January to April to support French military operations in the Middle East.
He further said, that, the aircraft carrier will support Chammal (Middle East) operations from January to April 2020 before deploying in the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea.
Highlighting the growing threat of ISIL, he said, it will also be used in joint operations with European countries.
After the terrorist attacks related to ISIL that killed 130 people in Paris in 2015, Charles de Gaulle, with an aerial wing that generally includes 24 Rafale fighter jets, was deployed in the eastern Mediterranean.
The ship was sent to the South China Sea last year.
France launched Operation Chammal on September 19, 2014 with the objective of counteracting the expansion of ISIL and supporting the Iraqi army and coalition.
The operation expanded to include the ISIL threat in Syria.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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