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French prez Hollande shows solidarity with Iraq on Baghdad visit

Sep 12, 2014    

BaghdadFrench President Francois Hollande expressed his solidarity with Iraq on a visit to Baghdad on Friday, as his country prepares for possible airstrikes with a US-led coalition against extremists who have seized territory around the region.Hollande's trip and a conference that Paris is hosting Monday on Iraq are the first steps in a long-term effort to bolster the new Iraqi government and weaken militants from the Islamic State group.It's also Hollande's first visit to the country since the Islamic State fighters overrun large swaths of northern and western Iraq, along with the territory ...

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