New units of the French Special Forces were deployed in the US-led coalition base in the Syrian northeastern town of Rmelan on April 26, the Turkish Anadolu Agency reported on April 27. According to the report, the new French units moved to eastern Syria from Iraq.
Anadolu Agency also claimed that the French Special Forces are currently deployed in five military bases in the northern Syrian governorates of Raqqa and Aleppo. Local sources told the Turkish new agency that French forces are operating with the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) on several fronts, including the city of Manbij.
The main military base of the French Special Forces is located at the Lafarge Cement factory, more than 40km southeast of the Syrian city of Kobani, according to the Anadolu Agency. The source added that more than 70 French soldiers are currently stationed in the base which has been expanded to include an airstrip recently.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron announced during a briefing in Washington on April 25 that France will increase its military involvement in Syria to put the end in the fight against ISIS.
France has adopted a more aggressive approach towards Syria since the election of Macron. During the last three months, the French president has worked to expand the French military presence in Syria under several pretexts including fighting terrorism and countering the use of chemical weapons.