German & French special forces in Syria is a ‘clear act of aggression’ says Syrian Government
The Syrian government said that German special forces were present, alongside French and American military personnel, in northern Syria, condemning it as a clear act of “aggression”.
On Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said that French and German forces had been deployed to Ain al-Arab, also known as Kobani, and Manbij alongside US military personnel.
Germany’s Defense Ministry has denied that German special forces are there, while France has confirmed that they have deployed special forces on the ground in Northern Syria.
“Syria … considers it explicit and unjustified aggression towards its sovereignty and independence,” the official SANA news agency quoted the ministry as saying.
Foreign forces are aiding Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) near Manbij and Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, part of the SDF, in Ain al-Arab, characterizing the aid as part of an offensive against Daesh.
The ministry said any side “wishing to fight against terrorists must coordinate its moves with the legitimate Syrian government, whose army and people are fighting terrorism” across the country.
“Such presence under the pretext of fighting terrorism cannot elude any one,” it added.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said French special forces were building a base for themselves near Ain al-Arab.
France’s defense minister said last week that there were also special forces operating in Syria helping the SDF advance towards Manbij.
Berlin, however, was quick to deny the presence of German special forces in Syria.
“There are no German special forces in Syria. The accusation is false,” a spokesman at the Germany’s Defense Ministry said.
The Observatory, however, said German, French and American military advisers, and French and American special forces, were assisting the SDF.
Their presence has raised growing suspicion that the US and Europe are assisting a Kurdish campaign to establish a separate state in Syria.