France slams U.S hesitation, says war against ISIS did not end yet

The French prime minister, Edouard Phillipe slams what he described the U.S. hesitation in North and East of Syria.  

According to Reuters, France’s prime minister defended his country’s policy in northeastern Syria on Tuesday saying that, unlike U.S. hesitations, Paris’ priority remained to defeat Islamic State and preserve Kurdish forces fighting the militant group.

The U.S. decision to withdraw from northeastern Syria leaving Turkey to launch an offensive against Kurdish militants in the region has rattled allies, including France, one of Washington’s main partners in the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State.

Responding in parliament to criticism of the French government from some opposition lawmakers for not publicly defending Kurdish forces in the face of a possible Turkish offensive, Edouard Philippe said Paris had not wavered on its policy unlike Washington.

“The fight against Daesh (Islamic State) is not over and continues alongside the (Kurdish-led) Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF),” Phillipe told lawmakers.


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