On February 6, a French military helicopter believed to be carrying special forces operators was spotted over Syria’s northeastern region.
The helicopter, an Airbus H225M, was filmed near the town of al-Dashisha in the southeastern Deir Ezzor countryside. According to the Rojava Media Center, which shared the footage, the helicopter came from Iraq and was escorted by another helicopter of the US-led coalition.
The H225M is a long-range tactical transport military helicopter capable of undertaking various mission roles including combat search and rescue, aeromedical transport, logistic support and shipboard maritime operations.
At least 18 H225M helicopters are in service with both the French Air Force and Army, which are known to be active in northeastern Syria.
French special forces maintained several posts in northeastern Syria, especially in areas held by the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northeastern Aleppo and northern Raqqa. In October of 2019, French troops left these areas along with American forces.
The SDF is currently conducting a large-scale operation against ISIS cells in southeastern Deir Ezzor. A tunnel used by the terrorist group’s cells was uncovered in al-Dshishah earlier today.
The H225M helicopter was likely transporting French special forces operators or intelligence officers. Paris remains one of the main backers of the SDF.
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