France to support Iraqi forces in fight against ISIS

7 September 2016 (Last Updated September 7th, 2016 18:30)

France is reportedly deploying artillery forces to support Iraqi soldiers in their fight to recapture Mosul, Iraq, from ISIS.

France is reportedly deploying artillery forces to support Iraqi soldiers in their fight to recapture Mosul, Iraq, from ISIS.

The country's Ministry of Defense also plans to send an aircraft carrier to assist the Iraqi forces.

France Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian was quoted by media sources as saying: "We decided to bolster our support of the Iraqi forces this autumn with the aim of recapturing Mosul.

"At this very moment, artillery is arriving close to the front line."

"At this very moment, artillery is arriving close to the front line.”

France is the first country to join US-led air strikes in Iraq, having intensified aerial operations against ISIS in Syria after being attacked several times by the militant group.

ISIS attacked French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in January 2015.

Nearly 130 people were killed in an attack by the terrorist group in Paris last November.

Since September 2014, France's military has been involved in airstrikes in Iraq and Syria under Operation Chammal.

The country struck targets in Syria for the first time in October 2015.

French special forces are currently stationed in both Iraq and Syria, while Syrian rebel groups and the Peshmerga have also received arms and supplies from France.

In June, France delivered two military shipments comprising MM98 missiles, ammunition, grenades, night-vision binoculars, and food to the Peshmerga, Rudaw reported.