France Vows to Continue ISIS War ‘Without Mercy’

US Pledges to Support All French Escalations in Conflict

While the US is already working on its own to escalate the war against ISIS, the Friday evening attacks in Paris have sent the Hollande government into a new round of escalations of its own, with the US promising to go “shoulder-to-shoulder” with them in this new buildup.

Beyond the United States, France was one of the nations most involved in the US-led coalition against ISIS, and one of only a handful of nations launching strikes against ISIS not just in Iraq, but in Syria as well. The Hollande government is promising more of that.

President Hollande is promising attacks “without mercy” on ISIS targets, and officials are emphasizing the French airstrikes today against the ISIS capital of Raqqa, though at present there is no word of casualties in the attacks, and the only thing to distinguish them from attacks France has been launching for months is the government’s word for it that this time it was “massive.”

The deployment of a French aircraft carrier into the region to take part in the war against ISIS is also being presented as part of this move to really start going after ISIS, though again, this deployment was announced well before the Paris attacks, suggesting that the reaction was actually on ISIS’ part, not France’s.

Author: Jason Ditz

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