The Americans are trying to sound out the French authorities discreetly to see if they would be prepared to deploy troops and/or air forces to Iraq. The aim is to fight against terrorism and to ward off attempts by ISIS to return in force. But also to fill the gap left by the American disengagement, in order to prevent the pro-Iranian militias from reversing the balance of power with the Baghdad government.
In Paris, some defence advisors see an opportunity to strengthen military cooperation with Iraq. And in particular the acceleration of the negotiations concerning a sale of Rafales which is favoured by the Prime Minister, Moustafa al-Kazimi, but which is still awaiting financing.