Temporary withdrawal of French soldiers engaged against the OEI in Iraq
French soldiers engaged in Iraq in the fight against the Islamic State organization will be temporarily repatriated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Consequence of the coronavirus pandemic: France announced, Wednesday, March 25, the repatriation of its soldiers engaged against the Islamic State organization in Iraq.
“In coordination with the Iraqi government, the coalition 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,” announced a press release from the head of state. – major of the armies.
“Noting this decision, France has decided to repatriate the personnel of Operation Chammal deployed to Iraq in this context until further notice,” said the staff.
“This repatriation will begin (Thursday) March 26, 2020 and will concern the hundred soldiers engaged in the ‘training’ pillar with the Iraqi army, as well as the national support elements stationed within the Operation headquarters Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Baghdad. ”
The French army, which has 11 Rafales based in Jordan, specifies that it will however continue its air operations against the jihadist organization.