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France to step up military battle against IS in Iraq

President Francois Hollande made the announcement on Friday. Credit: Reuters

France is to ramp up its military efforts against so-called Islamic State in Iraq following the Bastille Day lorry attack in Nice.

President Francois Hollande announced that France would supply heavy weapons to Iraqi forces as early as next month.

But President Hollande said there are no plans to deploy troops on the ground there or in Syria.

Eighty four people died after Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel drove a lorry into crowds on the Promenade des Anglais on July 14.

Five alleged accomplices have been charged with terror offences.

Davis: Chilcot report was 'trial' but 'verdict' still needed

David Davis on The Andrew Marr Show. Credit: BBC/The Andrew Marr Show

The Chilcot report was "a trial" but there has been no "verdict" on the Iraq War, David Davis has said.

The Conservative MP said that Tony Blair mislead the House of Commons on five different occasions, and that he will put down a Contempt Motion in the House on Thursday in an attempt to get that "verdict".

Misleading the House on one occasion could have been an accident, but not five times, the former Conservative leadership party said.

Mr Davis said that while the Chilcot report looked into the causes and consequences of the war, it was not asked to rule on whether it was right or wrong. This was for the House of Commons to decide, Mr Davis said.

Mr Davis' comments come after Lord Prescott, the deputy prime minister at the time of the 2003 invasion said the war was illegal.

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