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Hollande says coalition will intensify Syria campaign

French President Francois Hollande
French President Francois Hollande ( AP / JPP )

French President Francois Hollande said that a coalition waging a bombing campaign against the Islamic State group would "accelerate" "The pace of the interventions will be accelerated and France will play its role in this," Hollande said in a speech to ambassadors on Thursday morning. 

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His comments came after a meeting by the defence ministers of seven countries in the coalition, who said their strategy was to free the IS "power centres" of Raqa and Mosul in Iraq and Syria.

The coalition also agreed to reinforce support to Arab and Kurdish forces fighting Daesh on the ground," he said, using an alternative name for IS.

Hollande told ambassadors that 2016 must be a "year of transition" in Syria, which is entering its fifth year of war.

Peace talks are due to take place with all parties on Monday.

"The moderate opposition has agreed to attend. The key question of who will govern Syria should not be avoided," he said.

 

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