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France begins aicraft carrier airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq, Sept. 30 (UPI) — French fighter jets on Friday began launching attacks against the Islamic State in Iraq from the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the eastern Mediterranean Sea as the battle for Mosul looms.

Rafale fighters have been targeting IS positions in Mosul, RTL reported.

In Friday’s missions, 24 aircraft each armed with four 550-pound laser-guided bombs will participate in bombing the Islamic State’s positions in Mosul. The Charles de Gaulle carrier is a 850-foot, 38,000-ton ship powered by two nuclear reactors with a crew of more than 1,900 people. – READ MORE