Charles de Gaulle promotes French participation in the battle of Mosul
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As a result detonator attack in 2014, took over the organization of Daesh on many areas of Iraqi territory north and west of Baghdad, and make of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, the main stronghold.
having regained vast tracts of land two years ago, Iraqi forces are preparing to restore this city in the north of the country, with the support of the international coalition. So it 's time to fill before launching this basic attack.
It is the means used, the French aircraft carrier currently in the eastern Mediterranean. It runway on her back, kicked off the first eight Rafale, as noted by an AFP photographer Bars.olm available any clarifications on the exact nature of this task. These aircraft can carry out raids or to carry out a survey, in Iraq or in Syria.
It was the third step in to the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle in the framework of the international coalition in order to address the organization Daesh, led by the United States since February 2015. This will be the last military operation to carrier the only French aircraft before technical stops will continue 18 months early 2017
and holds the French aircraft carrier has 24 aircraft of the type Rafale Marine, added to another 12 aircraft Rafale already present in Jordan and the United Arab Emirates.
France is mounted about 5% of the total raids coalition since the summer of 2014, one of the senior participants in the air operations against al Daesh, but it comes after the United States , which is nearly 80% of the raids.
, said French defense Minister Jean - Yves Le Derian this summer that the spread of the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, programmed until the end of October, will also to "enhance our intelligence" and "improve the information that forces will be required to restore the Mosul area."
He says a large number of Western officials, that such a large attack coalition against the organization could start in October in the hope of restoring the city before the end of the year. According to the latest estimates are distributed by the US Department of Defense, said that between 3,000 and 4,500 fighters are based in Mosul , currently the organization. The
United States and the Pthouderadtha too. US President Barack Obama has approved, last Wednesday, to send about 600 extra troops to Iraq, in addition to the 4,600 military personnel stationed in the country.
Apart from gathering information, it will be the task of the reinforcements strengthen the logistics capabilities of the Iraqi army, especially in the large - Assad air base in the province Anbar (West).
It is the French side, has about 500 soldiers so far in Iraq. They provide artillery support and play aconsultative status with the peshmerga in the north or the role they trained units of the Iraqi elite Bgdad.onscher French army also just four defender Cesar type with a range of forty kilometers, in Qayyarah Air Force Base (65 kilometers from Mosul) recovered from regulation late August , and the goal is to"contribute to the siege of the city," said French Defence Minister. In addition to the military aspects, poses abattle of Mosul humanitarian challenge the United Nations works to deal with it .
Bruno said Guido, the UN High Commissioner of the United Nations delegate for refugees in Iraq, onThursday, that "more than one million people could be at risk of displacement during the next attack, and we expect to need 700 000 at least one person to help ascended shelter , food and water. "
the High Commissioner for refugees set up camps so far in anticipation of this mass displacement, but they need to land, money and time to build other camps.