BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:20 A.M.) – The French military will not be withdrawing from Sryia despite ongoing pressure from the Turkish regime.
According to a statement from the French Foreign Ministry, the ongoing mission for the troops “deployed in the Levant [Syria] has not changed”
“Through Opération Chammal, the French army remains engaged, the terms of the engagement taking into account permanently the realities of the field. The priorities are to militarily defeat the last pockets of this terrorist organization and prevent its resurgence as it goes underground,” the French Ministry of Defense’s statement read on Thursday.
The French military will continue to provide support to the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), while also aiding Iraq in their battle against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh).
“Task Force (TF) Wagram supports Syrian Democratic Forces against Daesh [IS] in the Hajine region. TF Wagram has carried out 34 shooting missions from Iraq,” the statement continued.
“This week, the aircraft of Opération Chammal made 22 air sorties (balance from 19 to 25 December included). The Rafale led 13 strikes this week,” the MoD added.
Turkey has been pressuring the French government to withdraw from Syria after U.S. President Donald Trump announced that his nation’s armed forces would be leaving the country in the coming weeks.