Zero hour: France flagship aircraft carrier joins anti-ISIL war

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is due to start an operation against the Islamic State group in Syria on November 23, according to the French Defense Minister.

In an interview with the Europe1 radio station, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, the flagship of the French Navy, is set to launch its operation against Islamic State militants on Monday, RIA Novosti reported.
Late on Saturday, the Charles de Gaulle arrived at the Eastern Mediterranean shore, from where it will launch bombing raids on ISIL targets in Syria.
“The aircraft carrier will be ready for a mission [in Syria] from Monday, Jean-Yves Le Drian said.
The Europe1 radio station also reported that the French aircraft carrier has already established communication with the Russian military.


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