French officials criticize US over announced military pullback in Syria

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French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe said Tuesday that his country's forces would remain in Syria to battle ISIS and defend Kurdish-led forces fighting the terror group.


“The fight against Daesh is not over and continues alongside the [Kurdish-led] Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF],” Phillippe told French lawmakers, using another term for ISIS. He then added: “Saying things with constancy and coherence is preferable to reacting to obvious hesitations from certain players, notably our American friends."

French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly also expressed frustration with the U.S. decision Monday, telling reporters:  “We are going to be extremely careful that this announced disengagement from the United States and a possible offensive by Turkey does not create a dangerous [move] that diverts from the goal we all pursue – the fight against the Islamic State – which is dangerous for the local population,”

“We must be extremely vigilant that a maneuver of this kind cannot, contrary to the goal of the coalition [and] strengthen Daesh rather than weaken and eradicate it," Parly added.

French forces have carried out operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since September 2014. ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on French soil in response to those operations.

The Trump administration announced late Sunday that U.S. forces in northeastern Syria would step aside for what it called an imminent Turkish invasion. The following day, amid bipartisan criticism, the president tweeted: "I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA."

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French officials criticize US over announced military pullback in Syria

2019/10/1570570208.jpg
Read: 400     10:29     09 October 2019    

French Prime Minister Edouard Phillippe said Tuesday that his country's forces would remain in Syria to battle ISIS and defend Kurdish-led forces fighting the terror group.


“The fight against Daesh is not over and continues alongside the [Kurdish-led] Syrian Democratic Forces [SDF],” Phillippe told French lawmakers, using another term for ISIS. He then added: “Saying things with constancy and coherence is preferable to reacting to obvious hesitations from certain players, notably our American friends."

French Minister of Armed Forces Florence Parly also expressed frustration with the U.S. decision Monday, telling reporters:  “We are going to be extremely careful that this announced disengagement from the United States and a possible offensive by Turkey does not create a dangerous [move] that diverts from the goal we all pursue – the fight against the Islamic State – which is dangerous for the local population,”

“We must be extremely vigilant that a maneuver of this kind cannot, contrary to the goal of the coalition [and] strengthen Daesh rather than weaken and eradicate it," Parly added.

French forces have carried out operations against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since September 2014. ISIS has claimed responsibility for multiple attacks on French soil in response to those operations.

The Trump administration announced late Sunday that U.S. forces in northeastern Syria would step aside for what it called an imminent Turkish invasion. The following day, amid bipartisan criticism, the president tweeted: "I was elected on getting out of these ridiculous endless wars, where our great Military functions as a policing operation to the benefit of people who don’t even like the USA."

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