French defence minister says does not exclude Syrian air strikes

September 25, 2014 6:05 AM

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PARIS, Sept 25 (Reuters) - France's possible participation in air strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is "on the table", Defence Minister said on Thursday, hours after President Francois Hollande ruled out such strikes.

France has joined the coalition bombing of Islamic State targets in Iraq on the basis it was asked for help by Baghdad, but has refrained from doing so in Syria, instead supporting the moderate opposition against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

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