French forces to remain in Syria to definitively uproot IS insurgents: minister

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Source: Xinhua

Defense Minister Florence Parly said on Thursday French troops would carry out operations against Islamic State (IS) fighters in Syria to totally wipe out the group’s remaining pockets, despite U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from the Arab country.

Around 1,000 French troops including special forces have been based in the region.

“For now, of course we are staying in Syria because the fight against the Islamic State is an essential issue,” Loiseau told CNews television.

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