France withdraws troops from Iraq due to pandemic

On the border with Iran, where the virus has already killed nearly 1,700 people, Iraq imposed nationwide very stringent measures against the new coronavirus on Sunday.

This is one of the collateral consequences of news.google.com/sante/maladie/coronavirus/” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>coronavirus. France will withdraw its troops from Iraq, where they participated in training missions, the French General Staff announced on Wednesday (March 25th) “especially” of the pandemic which comes to hamper one of its external operations.

On the border with Iran, where the virus has already killed nearly 1,700 people, Iraq imposed nationwide very stringent measures against the new coronavirus on Sunday, reporting 20 deaths and 233 confirmed cases of Covid disease -19.

“In coordination with the Iraqi government, the coalition (international anti-Islamic state led by Washington) has decided to adjust its system in Iraq and to temporarily suspend its training activities for the Iraqi security forces, particularly in view of the health crisis “, underlines the French general staff in a press release.

So, “France has decided to repatriate the personnel of Operation Chammal (French component of the international operation Inherent Resolve) deployed to Iraq until further notice”, nearly 200 soldiers, hitherto engaged in the training of the Iraqi army or working in the headquarters of the coalition in Baghdad.

From this Thursday, date of the start of the repatriation, “There are no more Chammal troops in Iraq”, commented the spokesperson of the French general staff, colonel Frédéric Barbry, by specifying that this withdrawal was “a priori temporary”.

This withdrawal sounds like a blow to Paris, which has been insisting for months on the importance of not letting the Islamic State group, the sponsor of a series of attacks on French soil since the end, not reconstitute in neighboring Syria and Iraq. 2015.

“France will remain resolutely committed to its coalition partners to ensure the lasting defeat of Daesh”, promises the French general staff on Wednesday, evoking the maintenance of its soldiers in the headquarters of the international coalition in Kuwait and Qatar, the French maritime deployments in the Syria channel and the continuation of its support missions from its regional bases in Jordan and Qatar.

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