US DoD to boost intelligence sharing with France to counter terrorism

16 November 2015 (Last Updated November 16th, 2015 18:30)

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled plans to bolster intelligence sharing to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy with France following the recent terror attacks at Paris.

The US Department of Defence (DoD) has unveiled plans to bolster intelligence sharing with France after the recent terror attacks in Paris.

Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said: "In the wake of the recent attack on France, we stand strong and firm with our oldest ally, which is why the US and France have decided to bolster our intelligence sharing to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy."

During 2015, the US has worked closely with the French military, intelligence, and security services to strengthen intelligence sharing against global counterterrorism threats, specifically those from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

"The US and France have decided to bolster our intelligence sharing to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy."

US Defense Secretary Ash Carter and France Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian have agreed to increase military cooperation regarding the nations' common interests.

Meanwhile at the G-20 meet in Antalya, Turkey, member nations have agreed to strengthen border controls, share more information, and step up efforts to prevent the flow of foreign fighters in and out of Syria and Iraq.

US President Barrack Obama has pledged to redouble efforts in the fight against ISIL.

Obama said: "We're working closely with our French partners as they pursue their investigations and track down suspects.

"France is already a strong counterterrorism partner, and today we're announcing a new agreement. We're streamlining the process by which we share intelligence and operational military information with France."

France's airstrike near Raqqa, Syria, is said to have been conducted with full coalition weight and support under Operation Inherent Resolve.

The coalition has destroyed 116 tanker trucks using A-10 fighters and AC-130 gunships, which are targeting ISIL oil revenues to degrade its capacity to fund military operations in the Tidal Wave II operation.

US European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, has implemented a travel restriction to France that applies to military personnel, DoD civilian employees, command-sponsored dependents and their families, and contractors.