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Merkel vows to help France against Daesh


German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised assistance to France in fighting the Takfiri Daesh terrorist group in the wake of the recent deadly attacks in Paris.

In a joint press conference with French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Wednesday, Merkel said she would act “swiftly” to see how Berlin could take up “additional responsibilities” to assist in the fight against terrorism.

“We have a shared enemy: terrorism. The Islamic State (Daesh) will not be convinced with words. It has to be defeated militarily,” said Merkel. “We will be stronger than the terror.”

The German chancellor stressed that the flow of revenue to Daesh should be cut off as a cornerstone of a joint strategy.

Hollande, for his part, expressed hope that Germany could “engage more” in Iraq and Syria, where Daesh terrorists control swaths of land.

French Rafale fighter jets prepare to land on aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (unseen), following a mission on November 23, 2015. (Photo by AFP)

French warplanes have been pounding what are said to be Daesh positions in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa following November 13 terrorist attacks in Paris, which were claimed by Daesh.

Hollande has described the terrorist attacks – which killed 130 people and injured hundreds more – as “an act of war” on France.

On November 18, France’s Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean Sea off the Syrian coastline. The aircraft carrier has an air wing of 26 fighters, consisting of 18 Rafales and 8 Super Étendard jets.

French lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to extend the airstrikes against alleged Daesh targets in Syria, which have been stepped up following the Paris attacks.

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