France considers switch to join Syria airstrikes
French President Francois Hollande - REUTERS/Alain Jocard
By AP

PARIS: France’s defense minister says the country is considering whether to extend airstrikes to Syria, and top military officials are meeting Thursday to define the country’s mission against the Islamic State group.

Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL radio that officials are deliberating whether France’s current plans for airstrikes in Iraq are sufficient against the extremist group, which has havens—and oil fields—in Syria.

“We already have an important task in Iraq and we will see how the situation evolves in coming days,” Le Drian said. “We are asking the question.”

France’s foreign minister said earlier this week there was no “legal obstacle” to airstrikes in Syria.

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