Kurdistan 24 news outlet reports, citing the Joint Chief of Defense in Syrian Kurdistan (Rojava), Razan Gilo, that the French military entered northern Syria through the Tal Abyad crossing which is under the control of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Razan Gilo said that at least 50 French soldiers entered the Syrian border-town of Tal Abyad this morning
The French soldiers have also been reportedly deployed to northeastern Aleppo town of Manbij, which is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
According to Rezan Gilo, there are French and US troops in Manbij, Raqqa, and all over northern Syria.
“We speak of what we see on the ground,” said Razan Gilo, commenting on the reports that there are no forces of US-led coalition in Rojava.
“Sometimes the NATO states deny the existence of their forces in the region to avoid any tension, but, actually, French and US troops are operating on the ground in our region,” Gilo added.
Earlier, the newspaper Le Parisien, citing as its source a Kurdish representative, said that at a meeting with the delegation of the Syrian Democratic Forces, French President Macron promised to send Special Forces to Manbij. According to the source, the French forces, the number of which was not stated, will be sent to the area in the near future. As the newspaper stated, “the purpose of such help is to stop the advance of the Turkish army in the region.”