The French nuclear-powered aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (hereinafter “de Gaulle”), known as the most powerful hub in Europe, launched air strikes against the Islamic State [IS], a Sunni Islamist militant group. France announced that it would raise its retaliation level by dispatching de Gaulle to the Persian Gulf on November 19.
France’s decision to dispatch de Gaulle has caught the attention of the whole world because it shows a strong will to eradicate Islamic State militants. De Gaulle is a nuclear-powered ship with a standard displacement of 42,500 tons and a length of 261.5m (858 ft). De Gaulle consists of a maximum of forty Dassault Rafale M strike fighters, Super Étendard Modernisé strike aircraft, 40 helicopters such as Northrop Grumman E-2C Hawkeye and antisubmarine helicopters. The Rafale M, known as the pride of the French Air Force, has the capability to carry nuclear weapons.
Not only France, but the United States has also sent its nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to the Middle East. The Washington Post has reported, citing the Navy Times, that the U.S.S. Harry S. Truman, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, departed from Norfolk in southeastern Virginia on November 16 and is now steaming towards the Middle East.
Russia has also publicly affirmed its commitment to working as an ally with France against Islamic State. French President François Hollande met with U.S. President Barack Obama on November 24, and flew to Russia for talks with Russian President Vladmir Putin on November 26. Their common agenda is the total destruction of the Islamic State.
British Prime Minister David Cameron asked Parliament to approve military action against Islamic State in Syria. Besides, EU member states have also agreed to support French air strikes against IS. War clouds are hanging over the Middle East as the world powers deploy their military forces there.
Reporter Lee Seul[email@example.com]