France makes first strikes from aircraft carrier

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, right, gestures as he speaks to France's President Francois Hollande after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Cameron and Hollande agree to increase counterterrorism cooperation after Paris attacks. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

PARIS (AP) — The French Defense Ministry says it has launched its first airstrikes from the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, bombing Islamic State targets in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi and Mosul.

The ministry said that four Rafal fighter jets were sent from the carrier on Monday afternoon, with two each flying over each city.

President Francois Hollande said on Monday that “we’re going to choose sites that do the most damage possible.”

France has already carried out strikes against Islamic State targets in Syria. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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