10:01 A.M. France’s defense minister says Algerian forces are hunting for the Muslim extremists who beheaded a French mountaineer over France’s airstrikes on the Islamic State group.
Jean-Yves Le Drian also said France, which has limited airstrikes so far to Iraq, would continue to evaluate whether to extend them to Syria, as the United States has done to thwart the extremists’ advances. He said French jets were in flight even as he spoke.
Le Drian told RTL radio on Friday that the goal of the groups is to “spread terror” after he was asked about the 30,000 French citizens living in Algeria.
Herve Goudel was seized Sunday while hiking in the Djura Djura mountains of northern Algeria. His Algerian companions were freed. (AP)
8:30 A.M. At least 14 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes by U.S.-led forces overnight in northeast Syria, a group monitoring the war said on Thursday.
The strikes also killed at least five civilians, said Rami Abdulrahman, who runs the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. U.S.-led forces started air strikes on Syria on Tuesday. (Reuters)
10:54 P.M. British Prime Minister David Cameron and Iranian President Hassan Rohani have met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, the first such meeting since the Iranian revolution in 1979.
A Cameron spokesman said Wednesday the two leaders agreed to seek to progressively improve their bilateral relationship.
Cameron and Rohani noted the threat posed to the region by the Islamic State militant group and “agreed that all states in the region must do more” to cut support for terrorists groups.
Britain and Iran have recently taken steps to solidify relations.
The spokesman said Cameron and Rohani agreed it is vital to secure a comprehensive agreement in ongoing negotiations about Iran’s nuclear program. (AP)