US, France to bolster intelligence sharing

Washington, Nov 17 (IANS) The Pentagon announced on Monday it would bolster intelligence sharing with the French military in the wake of Paris attacks.

“In the wake of the recent attack on France, we stand strong and firm with our oldest ally, which is why the US and France have decided to bolster our intelligence sharing,” said Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook in a statement.

According to Cook, US Secretary of Defence Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had provided new instructions to enable US military personnel to “more easily share operational planning information and intelligence” with their French counterparts.

The enhanced sharing of intelligence would cover a range of shared challenges “to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy,” Cook added.

France is a member of the US-led coalition launching airstrikes in Syria and Iraq against the Islamic State.

The IS, a violent terror group that has overtaken vast swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, claimed responsibility for Friday’s Paris carnage, which killed at least 132 people and wounded 352 others.


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