Hollande meets Obama seeking to ramp up Islamic State fight

A French soldier stands guard outside the iconic Eiffel Tower in Paris on November 17, 2015 following attacks claimed by Islamic State group jihadists that left 130 people deadFrench President Francois Hollande arrived in Washington on Tuesday seeking support for his newly declared war on the Islamic State group, while the US announced a worldwide travel alert for its citizens. As Hollande prepared for talks with President Barack Obama on the campaign against IS in Syria and Iraq, the manhunt continued in Europe for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people. As Brussels entered a fourth day of lockdown over fears of an “imminent” attack, relations between Russia and Turkey — two countries seen as key to resolving the Syria conflict — were plunged into crisis by Turkey’s downing of a Russian warplane.

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