BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:50 P.M.) – The French military reportedly entered northern Syria via the Tal Abyad crossing that is controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), Kurdistan 24 News reported today.
Citing the Joint Chief of Defense for Syrian Kurdistan, Razan Gilo, Kurdistan 24 claimed that at least 50 French soldiers entered the Syrian border-town of Tal Abyad this morning.
The French soldiers were said to have also deployed to northeastern Aleppo town of Manbij, which is also controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces.
French Soldiers started to patrol SDF-held Tal Abyad and Manbij
— Syrian Civil War Map (@CivilWarMap) April 3, 2018
This news comes just days after the French magazine, Marianne, leaked a report claiming French President Emmanuel Macron told a PYD delegation that France was sending troops to northern Syria to block a Turkish attack on Manbij.