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France will keep delivering arms to Kurdish Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State group

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PARIS — France will keep delivering arms to Kurds fighting the Islamic State group in Syria, said President Francois Hollande as battles were raging between the two groups in Kobani, near Turkey.

The French government will "do everything to help" those fighting against the Islamic State group, especially the Kurds, by delivering "adapted weaponry," Hollande said Wednesday, according to government spokesman Stephane Le Foll. He didn't specify which arms France will deliver.

France was the first country to join the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group in Iraq, but it doesn't take part in Syrian airstrikes.

Hollande confirmed last August that France delivers weapons to Syrian rebels who face both the troops of the dictator Bashar al-Assad and the Islamic State group.

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