France is part of the US-led coalition in Syria, and has been actively participating in the aerial terror campaign in the occupied Arab region.
Recently it was involved in a joint air strike with the F-UK-US coalition in April following an alleged chemical attack on Douma, a then rebel-held suburb of Damascus.
The French government, however, has never said that it has troops on the ground in Deir ez-Zor, but social media images clearly proved otherwise.
A French army vehicle spotted in a photo taken in Deir ez-Zor province has led to questions about the extent of Paris’s involvement in the Syrian conflict. The image was reportedly shared by the US military on social media.
The vehicle in question is a wheeled armored personnel carrier equipped with a turret, which resembles the French army’s Aravis infantry mobility vehicle.
It can be seen in the background of the photo, which purportedly shows US troops lending support to Takfiri terror groups fighting the Syrian Arab Army in the eastern province.
France 24 journalist Wassim Nasr was the first to draw attention to the picture. He said it was released by the US Special Ops Joint Task Force in Iraq and Syria, before being promptly removed – possibly at the request of French authorities.
Similar vehicles have been seen in Syria on “numerous occasions”, in the territories controlled by US-backed mercenaries, such as Manbij. While France 24 reported on the issue, neither the French Army nor the US military have commented so far.
The US Defense Secretary James Mattis, however, told Congress in late April that France had sent special forces to Syria, and “reinforced’ Washington in its fight against Syria.
RT.com / ABC Flash Point Invasion News 2018.