Hollande calls for attacks against al-Nusra Front

French President Francois Hollande has called for military action against al-Nusra Front, warning that the recent losses sustained by ISIL could embolden other extremists.

Hollande calls for attacks against al-Nusra Front

World Bulletin / News Desk

French President Francois Hollande called Saturday for international action against an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, warning that the recent losses sustained by ISIL could embolden other groups.

"ISIL is in retreat, that is beyond dispute," Hollande said after a meeting with the leaders of the United States, Germany, Britain, Italy and Ukraine on the sidelines of a NATO summit in Warsaw.

But, Hollande added, "we must also avoid a situation whereby as ISIL becomes weaker, other groups become stronger."

Hollande singled out Al-Qaeda-linked Al-Nusra Front as particularly standing to benefit from the US-led military campaign against its arch-rival ISIL.

Faced with a barrage of airstrikes and ground offensives by local forces, ISIL has lost territory in both Syria and Iraq in recent months.

"We must coordinate among ourselves to continue actions against ISIL but also... take effective action against Al-Nusra," Hollande said, directing his appeal at Russia and the US.

On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone call to "intensify" military coordination between their two countries in Syria.

Russia had in May proposed joint air strikes with the US against targets in Syria -- a suggestion that was rebuffed by Washington.

The White House reported that the two leaders, in their call this week, "confirmed their commitment to defeating ISIL (IS) and the Al-Nusra Front".

The two groups are excluded from a broader truce brokered by Moscow and Washington in February.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Temmuz 2016, 10:27