A handout image, provided on September 19, 2014 by ECPAD, shows a photo montage of a logistics depot in northeastern Iraq before and after a mission by French Rafale fighter jets from the Al-Dhafra airbase. REUTERS/ECPAD - Armee de l'Air
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Iran had a role to play in a global coalition to tackle ISIS militants, as France carried out its first airstrike against the jihadists in Iraq.In Iraq, French jets struck a suspected ISIS target for the first time Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign.French President Francois Hollande has said French military action would be limited to Iraq and no ground troops would be sent.But the airstrikes marked a striking turnaround from the stance by Paris just over a decade ago, when it opposed the U.S. invasion of Iraq.Iraq's army and Shiite militia forces have battled ISIS and other Sunni militants, but failed to make significant territorial gains.And the U.S. Army's top officer warned that it would become increasingly difficult to target and launch precision airstrikes against ISIS militants hiding among the Iraqi population.
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