French troops to stay in Syria until political solution

             By Yusuf Ozcan</p>  <p>PARIS (AA) - France will withdraw from Syria only after a political solution, said the foreign minister on Thursday.</p>  <p>“We will for sure withdraw [from Syria] when a political solution is found,” Jean-Yves Le Drian told CNews television.</p>  <p>Stating that they have soldiers in Iraq and briefly in Syria to support the U.S., Le Drian added that the fight against Daesh terror group was not over yet.</p>  <p>He noted that France’s main target was the fight against Daesh.</p>  <p>Touching on the YPG/PKK terror group, which uses the name SDF in Syria, Le Drian said it was his country’s biggest ally in Syria.</p>  <p>“They fight against Daesh on the ground. The U.S. decision to pullout from Syria is a serious decision because SDF is being put in a hard situation,” adding that they had to provide their security with their allies at the international level.</p>  <p>He added that Russia had responsibility to find political solution in the war-torn country as Moscow has been supporting the Bashar al-Assad regime.</p>  <p>In December, U.S. President Donald Trump announced plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, claiming that American forces had defeated Daesh there.</p>  <p>Ankara has long criticized the U.S. for working with the terrorist PYD/YPG to fight Daesh in Syria, saying that using one terror group to fight another makes no sense.

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