DEBKAfile was founded by a team of journalists in June 2000 as an independent Internet Web site, providing an intelligence and security news service. November 6, 2016, 12:38 PM (IDT)
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian urged the coalition to begin the battle against Raqqa, the ISIS bastion in Syria, while the offensive on Mosul was still underway. He told Europe 1 radio Sunday that the battle on Mosul would be long and complicated, given that Islamic State was embedding itself within the local population. France is the second biggest contributor to the anti-ISIS coalition.
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