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Reassurance missions for allies in Central and Eastern Europe are not the only ones carried out by French combat aircraft. From the flight deck of the Charles de Gaulle aircraft carrier, Dassault Aviation Rafale M omni-purpose fighter jets are pursuing anti-terrorist operations in the Iraqi-Syrian zone. All under the radar cover of Grumman E-2C Hawkeye, catapulted at the same time. A war against jihadist terrorism that many seem to have forgotten.
In the Gulf, it is not only the soccer balls from the World Cup in Qatar that are going straight to the goal, but also the A2SM guided munitions of French manufacture and GBU-12 / GBU-49 of American origin. For them, on the other hand, the goal is often in motion, strongly resembling small 4X4s filled with ultraviolent fanatics. The Dassault Aviation Rafale M of the French Navy are again participating in Chammal, the French part of the war against Daech.
For the record it was on September 19, 2014 that President François Hollande decided to launch it. Operation Chammal marked the entry of France into a conflict that has lasted a little over eight years and has seen a significant decline in the terrorist organization Daech. Let’s remember that the latter wanted to establish a Khalifat in the middle of Iraq and Syria, and to make the most radical and dehumanized Islamic laws reign there. Above all, the self-proclaimed Islamic State took advantage of the situation to ransom the civilian population and commit atrocities and crimes on a daily basis. The women and men of Chammal have therefore taken their part, alongside Allies such as Belgium, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. The Dassault Aviation Rafale has become one of the most feared combat aircraft in the world.
The Rafale M of the Charles de Gaulle is currently carrying out this mission. In permanent contact with the Combined Joint Task Force, the naval air group carries out precision air strikes against enemy positions. French bombing operations were praised by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
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