France says no to air strikes in Syria

September 22, 2014 19:10

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on Monday his nation would not launch air strikes against Islamic State militants based in Syria despite having bombed a suspected target of the group in northern Iraq last week.

France is the first nation to join the United States in launching military action against IS, which has forced Kurdish refugees to flee over the border into Turkey.

Asked why France would send jets to bomb a target near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul and not do the same against IS in Syria, Fabius said his government acted at the behest of Baghdad to provide air protection.

"We have decided to say yes according to the Article 51 of the UN charter and President Hollande ordered air strike, which has taken place a few days ago," Fabius said, answering questions at the Council on Foreign Relations

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