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French forces in Syria: Turkish agency provides new details

SYRIA (OBSERVATORY) – French soldiers patrol the streets of Manbij, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor in the company of US military and Kurdish fighters, says Anadolu citing sources on the ground.

A unit of French special forces has been transferred to the US military base of the Syrian city of Roumeïlan (north) controlled by Kurdish formations , announced Friday the Turkish agency Anadolu.

According to sources quoted by the agency, in recent times, French soldiers have regularly crossed the border between Syria and Iraq. Accompanied by members of US and Kurdish forces, French soldiers aboard armored vehicles patrol the streets of Manbij, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor. According to the agency, France also supplies weapons and ammunition to Syrian Kurds.

The French military would be deployed on five military bases in areas controlled by the People’s Protection Units (YPGs). More than 70 French commandos are stationed in the areas of Sirrin, Ain Issa and Kharab Ishq. In the region of Raqqa, about thirty French soldiers operate jointly with the YPG fighters, says Anadolu.

Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron met with a delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and expressed Paris’ support for them.

On Thursday, Pentagon chief James Mattis said France had sent its special forces to Syria in early April to support US counterterrorism operations in the country.