The French special forces have installed six artillery batteries in areas held by Kurdish militia near the Syrian-Iraqi border, the Anadolu news agency reported.

The batteries were installed north of the Baguz village in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province, which is controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), viewed by Ankara as an affiliate of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which is outlawed in Turkey as a terrorist organization, according to the Turkish news agency.

The news comes just days after a convoy of 20 vehicles carrying around 70 French servicemen was reportedly stopped in the Qamishli area of the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah at a checkpoint manned by Syrian government troops on Thursday.

The YPG representatives arrived at the checkpoint and confirmed that the French convoy was heading for their areas. The government troops decided to release the French servicemen and let them proceed to the Kurdish-controlled areas.

In March, French President Emmanuel Macron promised support for the Syrian Kurdish units, which triggered sharp criticism from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who accused Paris of supporting terrorism.

Source: Sputnik

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The Iraq forces already have their heavy artillery and air force assisting the SDF and the US is providing air support as well in this particular operation. Why the French have positioned their artillery here at the end of the battle is a mystery. If they pack up and follow the main force to Al-Hasakah when they finish here it’s all well and good, but if they remain here after the main force moves on, I’ll know exactly what they’re here for.

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“Why the French have positioned their artillery here at the end of the battle is a mystery” ??? End of what battle? The war against the Turkey/jihadi alliance hasn’t even started.

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You need a good map. The SDF, Iraqi’s French and US are fighting Isis in Dier ez-Zor province right on the border with Iraq just north of the Euphrates. This is just one of the 2 pockets of Isis left in SDF controlled territory and is currently besieged on 3 fronts by these forces. There is another large pocket of Isis in Dier ez-Zor but it’s on the southern side of the Euphrates and in SAA territory, 2 Isis pockets in SDF territory and 1 in SAA territory. The SAA are set up on southern side of the Euphrates waiting… Read more »

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illegal occupiers/funders of terrorism/zio lapdogs should totally not be allowed to enter syria

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You obviously don’t get what is happening in the region and if you’re from where I think, it’s, despite some animosity shown to the public, the #1 Israeli-Lapdog… Now how funny, are you here to talk in place of Dr.Assad? Wanna bet he’s happy we sent the 6 Caesar guns? You obviously don’t know bout this gear… They range 50km with standard 155mm shells+booster load with 1 meter accuracy! Even GPS guided shells are not so accurate! Each shoots 6 shells per minute… So, with the 6 guns, the effect is the same as having a strike aircraft squadron with… Read more »

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French Special Forces huh. I guess they get shot at twice before surrendering.