France's Hollande calls for union involving USA and russia to defeat Islamic State; Obama sets limit

  Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, and Francois Hollande

Angela Merkel, Vladimir Putin, and Francois Hollande

France’s President is calling for a union to crush the Islamic State:

Hollande Calls for Union to Crush Islamic State in Syria

November 16, 2015

PARIS—France will step up its offensive in Syria, where Friday’s shootings and suicide bombings in Paris had been planned, President Francois Hollande said Monday in a rare address to both houses of France’s parliament.

Friday’s “acts of war … were decided and planned in Syria, prepared and organized in Belgium, (and) perpetrated on our soil with French complicity,” Hollande said to lawmakers in Versailles.

Also Monday, French authorities detained 23 people in police raids across the country in the aftermath of Friday’s attacks in Paris, as authorities said they have identified the suspected mastermind behind the deadly assault.

A Belgian national of Moroccan descent, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, was named as the possible lead plotter of the attacks that killed 129 people. Belgium authorities had sought Abaaoud earlier this year for a foiled terror attack on police.

In his address Monday, Hollande called on the United Nations Security Council to rapidly issue a resolution against terrorism.

He also told lawmakers he had requested meetings with U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss unifying their efforts to destroy the Islamic State group. Hollande said he would call for “a union of all who can fight this terrorist army in a single coalition.” …

Hollande said he wants a rapid implementation of “coordinated and systematic controls” of the European Union’s internal and external borders, as well as an agreement by year’s end on an air passenger name registry.

The French, Germans, and Russians have worked together in the past.

The USA is willing to work, but its President Obama has placed limits on it:

November 16, 2015


President Barack Obama says it would be a mistake to deploy ground forces to defeat Islamic State militants, resisting calls at home and abroad for a more forceful U.S. strategy in the wake of Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Capping the two-day G-20 summit in this Mediterranean resort, the U.S. leader held a news conference where he called the Islamic State terrorist group “the face of evil,” and said there would be an intensification efforts but not a new strategy.

Obama said the Paris attacks were a “terrible and sickening setback” in the fight against IS but he ruled out deploying large numbers of U.S. ground troops. …

U.S. and Russian leaders appeared to put aside many of their differences and made headway on plans for a ceasefire and an eventual transfer of power in Syria. Obama wants Syrian President Bashar al Assad removed from power while Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to support Assad.

Obama and Putin met twice on the sidelines of the summit, building on progress the two sides made at talks on Syria in Vienna over the weekend.

Obama also met with leaders of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and western European nations – all of them key players in international efforts to end the Syrian conflict, which has become a source of terrorist activity and triggered a massive exodus of refugees into Europe.

But talk is not enough for France, which has carried out at least 20 air strikes on the Islamic State group’s main stronghold in Raqqa, Syria in the days since the attacks in Paris that killed 129 people.

“One cannot be attacked harshly, and you know the drama that is happening in Paris, without being present and active,” said French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, attending the summit in place of President Francois Hollande.

The French are not thrilled with delays and may not like to hear that the USA will not send ground-troops.

Some Protestant prophecy watchers suspect that now with the involvement of Russia in the Middle East and the increased willingness of the West to fight Islamic terrorists that WWIII is about to start. Some have concluded that the ‘Bible Code’ is showing this is about to happen (watch Russia, Iran, Syria, & the Bible (Code)).

That is NOT the case.

However, what is happening is that the Europeans are getting a wake-up call that they have to develop their own military–and the Bible shows that they will (Revelation 13:4; Daniel 11:39-43).

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