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French Defense Minister 'Optimistic' About Islamic State's Defeat

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Thursday "conditions are coming together" to eradicate the Islamic State group. He noted caution in his message on France Info radio, but said that for the first time he is optimistic. France is part of the U.S.-led coalition carrying out airstrikes against Islamic State targets in both Iraq and Syria, while local forces and allied groups fight the militants on the ground. Le Drian said Islamic State has lost 30 to 40 percent...

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