France discusses military options for Iraq, Syria

AP News
Posted: Jun 19, 2014 10:02 AM

PARIS (AP) — France's president is holding an emergency meeting to discuss possible military options for Iraq and Syria, after recent advances by Islamic extremist fighters.

A French diplomatic official says that any military action should be part of a broader political plan for calming tensions in Iraq, including Sunnis and Kurds.

France pushed for international intervention in Syria last year, and argues that the international community's failure to act more decisively in Syria led to the latest unrest in Iraq.

The official said that France has not been asked for military help in Iraq at this stage but is considering its options at Thursday's meeting in President Francois Hollande's office. The official was not authorized to be publicly named speaking of sensitive military issues.