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Battling IS group in Iraq prevents attacks at home: Hollande

AFP , Monday 2 Jan 2017
Holland and Iraq
Iraq's President Fuad Masum (R) and French President Francois Hollande (L) speak at the start of their meeting at the presidential palace in Baghdad, Iraq, January 2, 2017 at the start of a one-day visit (Photo: Reuters)
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French President Francois Hollande on Monday told French soldiers training Iraqi special forces that involvement on the ground against the Islamic State group was key to preventing terror attacks at home.

"Taking action against terrorism here in Iraq is also preventing acts of terrorism on our own soil," he said at a base of Iraq's elite Counter-Terrorism Service near Baghdad.

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