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France to decide alone on Syria airstrikes targets to fight the Islamic State group

  • In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, plane directors, wearing yellow jerseys, oversee the takeoff of a U.S. Marine fighter jet aircraft aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Pilots onboard have flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014. Some 20 percent of all coalition strikes come from aircraft launched from the nuclear-powered Roosevelt.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, plane directors, wearing yellow jerseys, oversee the takeoff of a U.S. Marine fighter jet aircraft aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Pilots onboard have flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014. Some 20 percent of all coalition strikes come from aircraft launched from the nuclear-powered Roosevelt.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, U.S. Navy air wing plane captains carry chains as they pause on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Plane captains are identified by wearing brown shirts and are responsible for preparing the aircraft for flight. Every day, the steam-powered catapult aboard this massive aircraft carrier flings American fighter jets into the sky, on missions to target the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)

    In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, U.S. Navy air wing plane captains carry chains as they pause on the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Plane captains are identified by wearing brown shirts and are responsible for preparing the aircraft for flight. Every day, the steam-powered catapult aboard this massive aircraft carrier flings American fighter jets into the sky, on missions to target the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.(AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic)  (The Associated Press)

The French prime minister says that France will decide "alone" of its targets when conducting airstrikes in Syria to fight the Islamic State group.

Manuel Valls ensured France will have "full autonomy of decision and action" and ruled out any intervention on the ground by French military, in a speech at Parliament.

French reconnaissance flights over Syria began last week, and President Francois Hollande said airstrikes would follow soon.

Until now, France has only conducted airstrikes in Iraq as a member of the U.S.-led coalition, fearing that hitting at IS in Syria would ultimately help the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Valls justified the decision to intervene in Syria by the right to "self-defense" against terrorism.