Syria Threatens to Target French Aircraft CarrierFrance targeting Syria’s oil infrastructure

The Iranian news agency Sahar claims Syrian Gen. Mohammad Issa has warned the French his country will target the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle if it approaches the Syrian coast.

On November 5 French President Francois Hollande said the aircraft carrier would be sent to Syria.

“The deployment of the battle group formed around the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle was decided to participate in operations against IS and its affiliates,” the French presidential office at the Élysée Palace announced.

On September 27 the French began airstrikes in Syria. On Tuesday Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said France began bombing “the Islamic State group’s oil infrastructure,” which is Syria’s oil infrastructure captured by ISIS. has detailed how the French effort is designed to cripple the Syrian economy and force Bashar al-Assad from power.

Issa claims the Western coalition has not targeted ISIS in Syria and striking the country’s oil wells is a violation of Syrian sovereignty.

Earlier this year it was reported most of the U.S. airstrikes concentrated on ISIS targets in and around Kurdish Kobani, a symbolic target. The area is about the size of Rhode Island and less than 2% of Syria.

Anthony Cordesman, military and national security expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, characterized the effort as a “sideshow.”
Taking out Syria’s oil infrastructure under the guise of fighting ISIS will sabotage Russian and China’s gas energy projects in the country.

“If Syria becomes stable, Russian companies that have frozen their activity will be ready to start again within a short period of time in realizing projects that were agreed before the crisis,” Gissa Guchetl, the executive director of the Russian Union of Gas and Oil Industrialists, said in July.