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France to prepare for air strikes in Syria

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Hollande blamed terrorism and fighting for the migrant crisis. He said it is all the more reason France must fight against terrorism

France's President Francois Hollande said he plans to begin reconnaissance missions in preparation for air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria.

The announcement comes amid an influx of migrants and asylum seekers in the past weeks into European nations. Many come from conflict zones such as Syria and other Middle Eastern and African countries.

Hollande blamed terrorism and fighting for the migrant crisis. He said it is all the more reason France must fight against terrorism.

He said France will send reconnaissance flights over Syria to decide whether to expand its air raids to Syrian airspace.

French forces have carried out air strikes against Islamic State militants in Iraq since joining a US-led coalition last September.

The French government strongly opposes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It has called for toppling his regime. Officials had refrained from taking part in the mission in Syria, saying attacks against the militants may benefit Assad.