French Military Advisors Deployed To Assist SDF
French military advisors have been deployed to northern Syria to assist Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), a defense ministry official said on Thursday (June 9).
"The offensive at Manbij is clearly being backed by a certain number of states including France. It's the usual support -- it's advisory," the official told AFP. He did not give further details on the deployment.
France is part of a U.S.-led coalition that has been carrying out air strikes against ISIS-held territory in Iraq and Syria, and providing training and assistance to local forces.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on April 12 additional French military assistance will arrive in the Kurdistan Region in June for Peshmerga forces fighting ISIS.
Coalition forces announced on Tuesday (June 7) more than 105 air strikes had been carried out to support the battle to regain the city of Manbij from the control of the militants.
Manbij, in the Aleppo Governorate, is located 30 kilometers west of the Euphrates. The city is considered a strategic area in the region circled by Raqqa in Syria and Gaziantep in Turkey.