French Carrier Strike Group Joins Operations Against Islamic State - Central Command
Muhammad Irfan 4 days ago Fri 15th March 2019 | 02:55 AM
WASHINGTON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 15th March, 2019) The French Navy's aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle and its strike group have joined the operations of the US-led coalition against the Islamic State (outlawed in Russia), the US Central Command said in a statement.
The carrier strike group consists of the Aircraft carrier Charles-de-Gaulle, the Danish frigate Daniel Juel, and an attack submarine among other assets, according to the statement.
"The Charles-de-Gaulle launched Rafale Marine and Hawkeye aircraft to support coalition troops on the ground and gather intelligence while other air assets and vessels were conducting air and maritime control operations," the statement added.
The US-led coalition of more than 70 members has been conducting military operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria and Iraq since September 2014. The coalition's activities in Syria are authorized neither by the Syrian government, nor by the UN Security Council.