Friday, September 30, 2016

Bataille pour la reprise de Mossoul: "opérations" aériennes du Charles de Gaulle

Des avions de combat ont décollé vendredi du porte-avions français Charles de Gaulle pour des opérations contre le groupe Etat islamique en vue de la bataille pour la reprise de Mossoul, bastion des jihadistes en Irak.

Huit avions de chasse Rafale ont quitté dans la matinée le navire déployé en Méditerranée orientale, a constaté un photographe de l'AFP sur le pont d'envol.

  • Aucune précision n'a été donnée sur la nature de leur mission, ces appareils pouvant opérer des frappes ou faire de la reconnaissance.

Il s'agit du troisième engagement du Charles de Gaulle au sein de la coalition internationale anti-EI dirigée par les Etats-Unis depuis février 2015.
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  1. France has begun air operations over Iraq from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, reports say...

    A number of Rafale fighter planes took off from the carrier early on Friday, news agency AFP said.

    The Charles de Gaulle, France's only aircraft carrier, was sent to the region earlier in September.

    This is its third mission with the US-led coalition since France stepped up military operations after the January 2015 Paris attacks.

    Iraqi forces have gained significant ground in the battle for Mosul, which was occupied by IS in June 2014, and are expected to launch an offensive to retake the city soon.

    AFP quoted an officer on board, who said the planes would take part in an attack on Mosul, an IS stronghold in Iraq.

    However, a French defence official told the Associated Press that Friday's mission was "in no way" the start of a battle for Mosul. He said the ministry would not provide details of the operation for the security reasons.

    French radio station RTL reported (in French) that 24 aircraft will take part in today's operation, with a sortie every three minutes, on average.

    It also said the fighters were armed with four 250kg laser-guided bombs each.

    The Charles de Gaulle is a 38,000-tonne ship powered by two nuclear reactors. It has more than 1,900 crew, and is 260 metres (850ft) long.

  2. French fighter jets took off from an aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean on Friday to engage in aerial attacks against the Islamic State in the Iraqi city of Mosul, according to French media sources...

    At around 04:00 am GMT, eight Aéronavale Rafale-M fighters took off from the French "Charles de Gualle" aircraft carrier, which was navigating close to Cyprus as part of France's Operation Chammal in the region, according to French BFM-TV.

    The fighters' mission is to assist Iraqi government troops in their bid to expel IS members from Mosul, a current stronghold for the terrorist group.

    The "Charles de Gaulle" had just arrived to the area for its third combat tour along with the international coalition led by the United States against IS in Syria and Iraq

    The French minister of Defence, Jean-Yves Le Drian, announced that the aircraft carrier's deployment will take place from the end of Sept. to the end of Oct. when the ship is due for a major 18 month maintenance overhaul.


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