According to French officials, France is sending more fighter jets and a warship to strike Islamic State militants in Iraq. In time to come, France will be discussing with the United States a long-term coalition strategy to tackle the insurgency, including in Syria. France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition in air strikes on IS insurgents in Iraq, who have also taken control of large parts of neighbouring Syria. France currently has six fighter jets, an Atlantique 2 maritime patrol aircrafts and a refuelling plane at its base in the United Arab Emirates as part of its “Chammal” Iraq mission. It has carried out just two air strikes in Iraq since launching operations in mid-September this year.