U.S., France to Strengthen Intelligence
By Cheryl Pellerin, DoD News,
Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — November 16, 2015 — In the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in
Paris, the United States and France will strengthen intelligence sharing to the
fullest extent allowed by law, Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook said in a
The United States over the past year has worked closely with the French
military, intelligence and security services to strengthen intelligence sharing
against counterterrorism threats around the globe, he said, specifically those
from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
An F/A-18 Hornet is prepared to launch for a strike mission in Southwest
“In the wake of the recent attack on France, we stand strong and firm with
our oldest ally,” Cook said, “which is why the U.S. and France have decided to
bolster our intelligence sharing.”
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Director of National Intelligence James
Clapper have issued new instructions that will make it easier for U.S. military
personnel to share operational planning information and intelligence with French
counterparts “to the fullest extent allowed by existing law and policy,” Cook
The new guidance stresses the strong U.S.-French security partnership and
builds on longstanding cooperation that will improve the department’s ability to
deter and defeat mutual enemies, particularly ISIL, he said.
Also today, during a briefing with defense reporters, Pentagon spokesman Navy
Capt. Jeff Davis said Carter has spoken twice since the Nov. 13 attacks with his
French counterpart, Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, with both leaders
agreeing to deepen military cooperation over a broad area of common interests.
Last night, as part of the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition fighting ISIL
in Iraq and Syria, France conducted a strike near Raqqa, Syria, “with the full
coalition weight and support behind them,” Davis said.
Davis said the targets were nominated by France based on information the
United States was able to share with them thanks to the new intelligence-sharing
special instruction. “We're continuously seeking out and assessing potential
ISIL targets,” he added.
Once a target is validated, Davis said, “we take great care, from analysis of
available intelligence to selection of the appropriate weapon to meet mission
requirements and to minimize the risk of collateral damage, particularly any
harm to noncombatants.”
Tidal Wave II
Earlier today, as part of a broader operation called Tidal Wave II targeting
ISIL oil revenues, Davis said, the coalition destroyed 116 tanker trucks using
A-10 fighters and AC-130 gunships.
Since the start of Operation Tidal Wave II in October, the coalition has
conducted a massive strike on Omar oil field near Deir el-Zour, Syria, Operation
Inherent Resolve spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said Nov. 13.
“We’ve stepped up our attack [and] focused our targeting on other oil
facilities to include al-Tanak and several others,” he said.
Davis said the current phase of Tidal Wave II is designed to attack the
distribution component of ISIL's oil-smuggling operation and degrade its
capacity to fund military operations.
Disrupting ISIL Funding
“ISIL steals oil from the people of Iraq and Syria to fund its campaign of
terror,” he added.
“The long-term effects of this effort to degrade ISIL oil revenue will take
some time to be fully realized,” Davis noted, “but we know that in the short
term we are disrupting this significant source of funding that's being used to
kill innocent people and we are in the process of warning civilians to stay
clear of oil infrastructure.”
U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, has implemented a travel
restriction to France that applies to all DoD personnel, Davis said. “Until
further notice, [Eucom] has prohibited unofficial travel to Paris, and for DoD
personnel who are traveling outside Paris, it requires a higher level of
approval to go,” he added.
The policy applies to military personnel, DoD civilian
employees, contractors and command-sponsored dependents and their families,
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