France's Macron: Raqqa's fall not end of battle against Islamic State

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October 20, 2017 18:31
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PARIS - President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that France's military would continue its fight against Islamic State in Syria, but that attention needed to now also turn to finding a negotiated political transition in the country.

"The battle against Islamic State did not end with the fall of Raqqa and France will maintain its military effort as long as necessary," Macron's office said in a statement. "The challenges of stabilization and reconstruction will not be less than those of the military campaign.

"Syria must finally find a way out of the civil war, which has fueled terrorism since the suppression of the democratic movement by the Bashar Assad regime. A negotiated political transition is more necessary than ever."

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