01-10-2022 02:33 AM Jerusalem Timing

France’s Fabius Says Ground Troops Needed to Fight ISIL

France’s Fabius Says Ground Troops Needed to Fight ISIL

rench Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian government troops taking part in the fight to crush ISIL.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Friday he could envisage Syrian government troops taking part in the fight to crush the Takfiri group, ISIL (so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Levant), that claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.French Foriegn Minister Leurent Fabius

In order to fight ISIL, "there must be two measures: bombings... and ground troops who cannot be ours, but who should be of the (opposition) Free Syrian Army, Sunni Arab forces, and why not regime forces too," Fabius told RTL radio.

The main military target remains Raqa, the Syrian city that is the stronghold of ISIL, Fabius said. Russian and French jets have targeted the town in recent days.

"For us it is one of the main military targets, even the main one, because it is the nerve center of Daesh, and the attacks against France were planned from there," Fabius said, using Arabic acronym for ISIL.