France, Russia to 'strengthen' information exchange on IS

A French Rafale fighter lands aboard the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier on November 23, 2015, part of the operation in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State groupRussia and France have agreed to bolster efforts to share intelligence relating to the Islamic State jihadist group after the two countries vowed to cooperate militarily on the issue. “We have agreed to strengthen our exchange of military information, both on the strikes and the location of the different groups (in Syria),” French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said following talks with Russian counterpart Sergei Shoigu. Le Drian said they had identified a method to assess the state of IS and other “terrorist groups” following air strikes conducted by both the Russian and French air forces.

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