• French carrier joins fight as US reviews anti-IS effort


    ABOARD THE CHARLES DE GAULLE: A French aircraft carrier launched operations against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) as the new Pentagon chief summoned top generals and diplomats to Kuwait to review the war effort. US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter vowed the jihadists would suffer a “lasting defeat” as he convened the meeting of more than two dozen senior military officers, ambassadors and intelligence officials at the sprawling US Army base of Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.



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