Despite Pitfalls, France Ramps Up Its Role in Syria

French President Francois Hollande at a news conference following his address to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Sept. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Jason DeCrow).
French President Francois Hollande at a news conference following his address to the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, New York, Sept. 28, 2015 (AP photo by Jason DeCrow).
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This week saw big news for foreign military engagement in the Syrian civil war: On Sunday, France launched its first round of air strikes against Islamic State targets, after years of reticence toward any military involvement in Syria. And on Wednesday, Russian aircraft dropped bombs against Syrian opposition fighters—after asserting it would target the Islamic State. That same day, France announced the opening of an unprecedented inquiry into crimes against humanity under Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. France began an air-strike campaign against Islamic State targets in Iraq last year but refused to engage in Syria, arguing that strikes there could […]

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