An unspecified number of French special forces troops have crossed the border into Syria’s Kurdish region Thursday, entering the town of Rmelan. The troops entered from positions they’d previously held in neighboring Iraq.
The French servicemen relocated on Thursday, according to the agency citing Syrian sources.
French soldiers have repeatedly crossed the Syrian-Iraqi border and have even participated in operations bear Syrian cities Manbij, Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor, the media outlet said.
The forces are stationed at five military bases in the areas controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG).
President Emmanuel Macron met with a delegation of the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) last month and assured the alliance of France’s support in the stabilisation in northeastern Syria.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in response: “If the remark by the French Presidency that ‘we can mediate between Turkey and the SDF’ is true, it far exceeds the capacity of the person who said it.”