France asks coalition to launch offensive to surround Raqqa

By REUTERS
November 18, 2016 20:03

PARIS - France has asked a US-led coalition to launch an offensive to surround the Islamic State's Syrian bastion of Raqqa in order to prevent movements of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa, French government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Friday.

"There is no offensive yet, but forces are deployed there in a bid to surround Raqqa and to avoid a possible movement of jihadists between Mosul and Raqqa," Le Foll said, following a ministerial meeting.

"This is a strategic target, which is being put in place," he added.


Related Content

Breaking news
April 19, 2018
Report: EU gave asylum to more than half a million refugees in 2017

By REUTERS

Israel Weather
  • 15 - 30
    Beer Sheva
    18 - 25
    Tel Aviv - Yafo
  • 15 - 26
    Jerusalem
    16 - 25
    Haifa
  • 20 - 36
    Elat
    17 - 32
    Tiberias