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France to send six more war planes in fight against IS militants

France will send six Mirage fighter jets to Jordan to strike Islamic State fighters in Iraq, Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Wednesday.

"There were nine Rafale (jets) in the United Arab Emirates and they will be reinforced with six Mirage fighter jets to support our action," Le Drian told parliament.

Two French diplomats told Reuters on Nov. 13 that putting the jets in Jordan would increase the number of missions against IS and help reduce costs at a time when the government is under pressure to cut spending.

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