Herve Gourdel, French citizen and tourist, was captured and then beheaded 24 hours later in Algeria after terrorists gave France an ultimatum to stop attacks carried out in Iraq. The opposite result happened as France declared that it may join the US coalition in carrying out Syria airstrikes against the Islamic State militants.
Jean-Yves Le Drian responded in a statement made to RTL radio, talking about intervention in Syria:
“The opportunity is not there today. We already have an important task in Iraq and we will see in the coming days how the situation evolves.”
Although the US coalition attacked more Islamic State sites on Wednesday, the strikes were not capable of stopping the advance of the terrorists in the Kurdish area. Fleeing refugees declared that villages were burnt and various captives were beheaded.
France was the first country to join US by conducting different air strikes in Iraq aimed towards destroying the Islamic State.
Until now, French officials said that the efforts in Syria will be focused on offering training and weapons to ground rebels.
Politicians were divided and did not agree on whether or not a Syria intervention is warranted. This changed after the beheading of
. Now, religious leaders, the public and politicians change shift and want a stronger action against the Islamic state, which publicly urged followers to start attacking French citizens.
Paris instantly reacted and warned 30 embassies in Africa and Middle East that a threat exists and security was tightened in France. The France Muslim Council organizes a rally against the Islamic State at which French Muslims would participate.