Three more Rafale fighter jets take off from French military base of Saint-Dizier to reinforce the country's operation against Islamic State militants in Iraq. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: French military on Monday (October 6) released video showing three Rafale fighter jets taking off from the military base of Saint-Dizier to join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes on Islamic State insurgents in Iraq. The jets took off on Sunday, the French military said, and were part of a reinforcement announced by French President Hollande on October 1 which would also include an anti-aircraft warship. France now has nine fighter jets, an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircraft and a refueling plane at its base in the United Arab Emirates as part of its "Chammal" Iraq mission. France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition against I.S., who have also taken control of large parts of neighboring Syria during the course of the three-year-old civil war there. It has carried out just two air strikes in Iraq since launching operations in mid-September. France has also delivered 140 tonnes of military equipment to regional Kurdish peshmerga forces confronting Islamic State in the north of Iraq, as well as provided training for them.