French troops are currently deplyoed at 5 military bases within the area controlled by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in northern Syria, the Turksih state-run news agency Anadolu Agency says.
According to Anadolu, over 70 French special forcesservice members are stationed at the Lafarge Cement factory near the Mistanur Hill and the village of Harab-Isk. The agency added that over 30 French servicemembers are operating in Raqqah. France’s 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment and 10th Parachute Commando forces also operate in the area.
The Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) is a core of the SDF. Ankara describes the YPG as a terrorist group, a local branch of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Turkey has even recently conducted a large-scale military operation against the YPG in northwestern Syria and has captured the area of Afrin from it.