French Socialist Leader Hollande Pledges Military Support to Iraq to Fight ISIS
ISIS fighters step on a photo of Kurdish leader Barzani in northern Iraq after Iraqi forces fled the area.
French Socialist leader Francois Hollande pledged his country’s support to Iraqi forces fighting the ISIS terrorist army.
French President Francois Hollande on Thursday pledged his country’s “support” to forces battling Islamist militants in Iraq amid growing Western concern over an advance by Islamic State fighters.
“The president confirmed that France was available to support forces engaged in this battle,” Hollande’s office said in a statement, after the French leader spoke about Iraq by telephone with the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Massud Barzani.
Hollande did not specify what form the “support” could take.
Hollande and Barzani “expressed their willingness to cooperate to block the offensive carried out by the Islamic State in the north-east of Iraq,” the statement added.
At France’s request, the UN Security Council is to hold an emergency meeting on Iraq later Thursday, after Islamist militants seized the country’s largest Christian town.
Exxon and Chevron has pulled staff from Kurdistan.
Clearly something is up in Iraq. Exxon and Chevron pulling staff from Iraqi Kurdistan as Islamic State advances
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