Members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State will meet in Paris next week to reinforce efforts against the group, France’s defense minister said on Thursday, adding that the militants were clearly retreating in Iraq.
“We struck last night in Mosul on a Daesh telecommunications center, a propaganda center. What we can say today is that Daesh is retreating in Iraq,” he said, referring to the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State.
Le Drian will host his U.S., British and German counterparts in Paris next week to refine strategy.
“We’ll see how we can intensify our efforts in Iraq and Syria,” he said.