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Macron sees IS military defeat in Syria, Iraq within ‘weeks’

French President Emmanuel Macron said Friday that the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq would be defeated militarily “in the coming weeks,” as he laid out plans for bolstering France’s defence capabilities.

“Today, thanks to the efforts of all the nations involved, the Daesh military organisation in the Levant is almost completely defeated,” Macron said in a speech aboard a helicopter carrier in the southern port of Toulon, using an Arabic acronym for IS.

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