Considering the transatlantic organisation as a “burden” for the United States in early 2019, Trump now requires its closest partner in Syria, France, to fill the void left in northeastern Syria by the departure of the US army. With this in mind, the Pentagon is working with the French Ministry of Defence to prepare the ground for the deployment of French soldiers in the Syrian North. The latter would then try to avoid any confrontation between the American and Turkish military on the one hand, and between the Turkish army and the FDS on the other.
US Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan met with French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly. During the meeting, the two sides agreed to continue their cooperation in order to guarantee what they called “the security of north-eastern Syria”.
“Secretary Shanahan and Minister Parly have agreed to continue working together as coalition partners to improve security and stability in northeastern Syria,” the U.S. Department of Defense statement said.
According to the statement, Shanahan and Parly also discussed a number of other issues, including the fate of the Daech terrorists. It seems that both sides agree on the need to erase all traces of Daech in Syria, in order to hide their complicity with the terrorists in the war that bloodied that country.
Since 2014, the United States and its allies have been conducting a military operation in Syria and neighbouring Iraq under the pretext of the anti-Daech struggle. The coalition’s actions in Syria violate international law, as they have never been endorsed by Damascus or the United Nations Security Council. In December, US President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US troops from the country.