PARIS – French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is in Baghdad for meetings with Iraqi leaders about the international campaign against Islamic State extremists.
French fighter jets are taking part in the U.S.-led anti-IS coalition and French military trainers are working with the Iraqi army. France expanded its military actions in the region after IS extremists targeted Paris in November attacks that left 130 people dead.
Le Drian is meeting on Monday with Iraqi President Fuad Massum and the Parliament chief, according to Le Drian's office. The visit was not announced ahead of time for security reasons.
French forces carried out 55 sorties the first week of April and destroyed 11 IS targets, according to the Defense Ministry.