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Fight against terrorism/Iraq/Syria

Published on October 8, 2014
Reply by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, to a question in the National Assembly
Paris, October 7, 2014

The black flags of the Daesh [ISIL] terrorists are now flying on the outskirts of Kobane, a Kurdish town on the border between Syria and Turkey.

Unfortunately, nothing has yet been able to hold back Daesh’s assault on that town – neither the proximity of the Turkish forces, which are a few kilometres away and have taken in 200,000 refugees over the past few days, nor the American-Arab coalition planes, whose strikes haven’t been able to halt the terrorist advance.

So, as you said, a tragedy is unfolding in Kobane and we must all react.
For its part, France made a clear choice, as you pointed out, of intervening militarily in Iraq, first by delivering weapons to the Kurds, who were threatened with the same kind of disaster, then by committing our aircraft to support the Iraqi army.

For Kobane, we are mobilizing. This very morning I called my Turkish counterpart, and the French President will do the same with the Turkish President this afternoon, to talk to him about the necessary response given the urgency of the situation.

Furthermore, we are in close contact with the United States, which has conducted and is going to conduct strikes in that area of northern Syria. Finally, to answer your question, we’re increasing our own cooperation with the armed forces fighting Daesh on the ground. A great deal is at stake in Kobane; everything must be done to halt, then repel the Daesh terrorists./.

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