France has deployed the Charles de Gaulle, a monster warship that is the biggest in Western Europe. It is also the sole nuclear-capable surface vessel based outside the United States.
France planned to send in the Charles de Gaulle even before the Paris attacks happened, The Telegraph reported. Its deployment was meant to intensify the offensive against ISIS conducted by the U.S.-led coalition France had been participating in. In the aftermath of the Paris carnage, French president Francois Hollande said it is just about time to deploy the nuclear warship. “I am not talking about deterring the [ISIS] but about eliminating it totally,” Mr. Hollande said.
The UK’s most advanced warship, the HMS Defender, will also be deployed to provide cover for the Charles de Gaulle. The Defender is capable of controlling the air space across an area of 150, 000 square miles, twice the size of Portugal, a Royal Navy spokesman said. It can defend a group of ships against attack from the air by aircraft or missiles, he added.
Both deployments took place after French Prime Minister Manuel Valls issued a warning that ISIS may use chemical or biological weapons in its subsequent attack against the West. Mr. Hollande, meanwhile, announced plans of meeting with President Barack Obama and President Vladimir Putin to ask both parties to intensify their involvement in Syria.
Meanwhile, China is said to have deployed J-15 warplanes through the Suez Canal to attack the ISIS, Express reported, citing local Russian media. Igor Morozov, member of the Russian Federation Committee on International Affairs, was quoted as saying, “It is known that China has joined our military operation in Syria. The Chinese cruiser has already entered the Mediterranean, followed by its aircraft carrier.”
President Xi Jinping also issued an official statement condemning the ISIS for killing a Chinese national. “I express my deep condolences to the families of the victim. Terrorism is the common enemy of humanity. China resolutely opposes terrorism in any form and resolutely fights against violent, terrorist, criminal activities that challenge the bottom line of human civilization,” the president said on the sidelines of the APEC 2015, as reported by Bloomberg.