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French president: France will deliver first aid to Iraqi Kurds in the coming hours

PARIS - The French president's office says France will deliver a load of first aid to Iraq in the next few hours.

The announcement Saturday didn't specify the exact type of aid or how it was being delivered. No one was immediately available to comment on the statement.

It came after President Francois Hollande spoke for a second time in days with Kurdish Regional Government President Massoud Barzani, assuring him that France "will stand by the civilian population, victims of continued exactions of the Islamic State."

Hollande spoke earlier Saturday with President Barack Obama, saying France "will take its full place" among nations willing to help the Kurdish minorities in Iraq. Thousands of Kurds are trapped on a mountain trying to escape the Islamist radicals taking over strategic swaths of northern Iraq.

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