French President Francois Hollande announced Monday he ordered preparations to begin for airstrikes on Islamic State militants, joining the United States in the ongoing effort to quash the extremist group in Syria.

As Hollande grapples with the flood of migrants from the Middle East and the ongoing threat of terrorism, he said reconnaissance flights will begin over Syria on Tuesday to help plan the strikes. He said several factors, including the foiled terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train in August and the flood of migrants trying to escape the extremist group, has driven his decision.

“The fight against terrorism needs to be carried out at home, but also in the places where it is entrenched,” Hollande said.

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