Keyword: Syria

French IS leader linked to Paris attacks 'killed in Syria air strike'

Charaffe el Mouadan was said to be a 'direct link' to Abdelhamid Abaaoud, the Paris attacks cell leader, according to US military official.

France calls on EU to improve Syrian passport checks

Call to detect false Syrian passports comes after two of the suicide bombers in the Paris attacks were found to be carrying such documents.

Hollande visits French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle off Syria

The French president met with personnel aboard the French navy flagship, the spearhead for French airstrikes on Islamic State group in Syria.

French government closely watching UK parliament vote on Syria airstrikes

As MPs debate joining attacks on Islamic State group in Syria, France regards a 'yes' vote as being of high military and diplomatic importance. 

Two French nationals stopped on way to Islamic State in Libya

Official at the Paris prosecutor's office said the two men, aged 19 and 20, were arrested near Tunisia's southern border with Libya.

President Hollande urges UK MPs to back Cameron on IS airstrikes

French president makes unusual intervention urging Britain's House of Commons to back PM's request for Britain to join military coalition.

France signals softer stance on Assad after Russia talks

French foreign minister said that winning back Islamic State 'capital' Raqqa was priority and could involve help from Syria regime troops.

France and Russia agree to closer anti-Islamic State collaboration

After Moscow meeting, President Hollande said he and Vladimir Putin agreed to 'increase information and intelligence exchange, intensify airstrikes'.

France's Hollande heads to Russia hoping for Syria breakthrough

French president will meet Russian leader Vladimir Putin as part of push for international cooperation against Islamic State following Paris attacks.

France's U-turn over Syria

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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, President François Hollande has carried out a 180 degree U-turn on French policy towards the Syria crisis. Previously the French stance was that neither Islamic State nor current leader Bashar al-Asad was acceptable in Syria. Now the approach is an all-out focus on destroying IS. On Thursday November 26th, Hollande will meet Assad's ally, Russian leader Vladimir Putin, in Moscow to help build an alliance to destroy the organisation. But, Thomas Cantaloube argues, apart from air strikes, there seems little real strategy to restore peace to Syria and find a political solution.

Jets launch attacks on Islamic State positions from French carrier

Two raids against IS targets in Syria and Iraq were launched from the Charles de Gaulle which arrived in the eastern Mediterranean on Monday.

Paris attack terrorists used refugee chaos to enter France, says prime minister

Manuel Valls said the EU needed to 'take responsibility' over border controls or cherished passport-free Schengen zone would be in danger.

French police search terror suspects' premises

Car rented by Salah Abdeslam, the suspected eighth gunman, is also being inspected as France mobilises 115,000 security personnel. 

France launches fresh strikes on Islamic State

Attacks come as US defence secretary urges European allies to join forces to defeat IS and French police raid 128 addresses overnight.

French PM warns more attacks to come as police launch pre-dawn anti-terror raids

Manuel Valls said Friday's shootings were 'planned in Syria' and that Europe should be prepared for a repeat attack in weeks ahead.