France orders withdrawal of all French troops from Iraq amod coronavirus outbreak

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France has ordered that all its troops be removed from Iraq until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


"France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq," the France's Armed Forces Ministry announced Wednesday, Reuters reported. Around 100 hundred soldiers will be withdrawn from Iraq.

General Abdul Karim Khalaf, the spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, confirmed Wednesday that "French troops have left Iraqi territory," Iraqi outlet Rudaw reported.

French troops are part of the US-led Global Coalition against Daesh. The coalition provides air support to Iraqi operations and training support to Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Rudaw reported. Despite the fact that the French troops will be pulled out of Iraq, France's Armed Forces Ministry has said that the country would continue air operations against the Islamic State.

Global Coalition partner the United Kingdom also announced last week that it would be withdrawing its troops from Iraq due to the pandemic.

“Following the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a reduced requirement for training from the Iraqi Security Forces and a subsequent pause in the Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training missions in Iraq,” a UK Ministry of Defense reads.

The latest data by World Meters reveals that there are more than 463,000 cases of the coronavirus globally and more than 20,000 deaths as a result. There are currently more than 300 cases of the virus in Iraq and more than 25,000 cases of the virus in France.

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France orders withdrawal of all French troops from Iraq amod coronavirus outbreak

2020/03/168DCB39-A72C-4ED6-94E0-4141881C0CE0-1585170973.jpeg
Read: 665     11:19     26 March 2020    

France has ordered that all its troops be removed from Iraq until further notice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


"France has taken the decision to repatriate until further notice its personnel deployed in operation Chammal in Iraq," the France's Armed Forces Ministry announced Wednesday, Reuters reported. Around 100 hundred soldiers will be withdrawn from Iraq.

General Abdul Karim Khalaf, the spokesperson for the Commander-in-Chief of the Iraqi Armed Forces, confirmed Wednesday that "French troops have left Iraqi territory," Iraqi outlet Rudaw reported.

French troops are part of the US-led Global Coalition against Daesh. The coalition provides air support to Iraqi operations and training support to Iraqi and Kurdish Peshmerga forces, Rudaw reported. Despite the fact that the French troops will be pulled out of Iraq, France's Armed Forces Ministry has said that the country would continue air operations against the Islamic State.

Global Coalition partner the United Kingdom also announced last week that it would be withdrawing its troops from Iraq due to the pandemic.

“Following the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a reduced requirement for training from the Iraqi Security Forces and a subsequent pause in the Coalition and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation training missions in Iraq,” a UK Ministry of Defense reads.

The latest data by World Meters reveals that there are more than 463,000 cases of the coronavirus globally and more than 20,000 deaths as a result. There are currently more than 300 cases of the virus in Iraq and more than 25,000 cases of the virus in France.

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