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Timeline: France's fight against ISIS

AFP , Saturday 14 Nov 2015
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File photo of French army Rafale fighter jets are seen during an operation against Syria, in this handout photo distributed by the French Defense Audiovisial Communication and Production Unit September 27, 2015. (Photo:Reuters)
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France, hit late on Friday by the worst terror attacks in its history, has been taking part in air strikes on the militant ISIS since September 2014 in Iraq.

It joined strikes two months ago in Syria.

- September 18: French President Francois Hollande announces his decision to agree to a request from Iraq for air support against the ISIS.

But he stresses "we will go no further", saying that there will be no ground troops and France will intervene only in Iraq, and not Syria .

- August 8: the United States bombards ISIS positions in Iraq, before on September 5 launching an anti-militant coalition.

- September 19: French fighter jets launch their first raids against ISIS positions in the north of Iraq.

- October 24: Coalition forces, including French forces, strike and destroy an ISIS training centre in the northern region of Kirkuk.

- February 5: President Francois Hollande says the mission to push back ISIS had been "too slow," and vows that France will work "with more and more intensity".

- February 23: France deploys the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier in the Gulf. It wraps up its mission two months later.

- September 7: France will launch surveillance flights over Islamic State group positions in Syria, Hollande says, while ruling out sending French ground troops to Syria.

A day later two French Rafale jets based in the United Arab Emirates carry out their first surveillance flights.

- September 27: France carries out its first air strikes against ISIS in Syria, with six warplanes hitting an ISIS training camp near the eastern city of Deir Ezzor.

- October 9: French Rafale warplanes carry out a second wave of strikes overnight on ISIS targets in Syria, hitting an ISIS training camp in its Raqa stronghold.

- November 8: The French army steps up its bombing campaign against the ISIS group's oil infrastructure with strikes in Deir Ezzor.

- November 13: A series of coordinated attacks by gunmen and suicide bombers in Paris kill at least 128 people in scenes of carnage at a concert hall, restaurants and the national stadium. The following day ISIS claims responsibility for the killings.

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