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US, France to step up strikes in Syria, Iraq: Francois Hollande

Francois-HollandeFrench President Francois Hollande said that they have agreed to step up strikes in Syria and Iraq to target ISIS militants after the deadly Nov. 13 attacks in Paris.

Hollande, appearing at a White House news conference with President Barack Obama, said the two leaders agreed on the importance of closing the Turkish border to limit the movement of extremists into Europe.

Obama emphasized the long friendship between France and the United States and pledged to step up efforts to combat terrorism alongside its European partners.

“As Americans, we stand by our friends in good times and in bad, no matter what,” Obama said.

Hollande is trying to rally support this week for a more coordinated international campaign to destroy ISIS. He is due to visit Moscow on Thursday.

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