BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:10 A.M.) – The French Armed Forces will be withdrawing from the border of Iraq and Syria, the French Army Spokesperson Patrick Steiger allegedly said on Thursday, as reported by Bas News.
According to the Bas News report, Steiger told reporters on Thursday that the war against the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) has ended in both Iraq and Syria.
He allegedly followed up this comment by saying the French artillery units, which were stationed on the border, will be pulled out of Syria and Iraq in the near future.
However, despite these claims, Al-Masdar News was unable to verify the validity of this report.
The French Foreign Ministry has not put out any statement regarding this alleged withdraw, nor has any French publication made these same claims.
Previously, the French Ministry of Defense said they were not withdrawing their troops from Syria, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of victory against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.
The French Armed Forces are currently entrenched in several parts of northern and eastern Syria, with a large presence near the Al-Umar Oil Fields in the Deir Ezzor Governorate.