A French soldier has been killed in combat in Iraqi-Syrian borders, France 24 quoted the French presidency as saying.
The Elysee Palace said in a statement that President Emmanuel Macron had "learned with great sadness" of the death of a soldier from the 13th regiment of paratroopers who
The French military operation in Iraq and Syria, known as Operation
Military sources said that it was the first French casualty since
French forces are involved in several overseas military theaters, while a major domestic military deployment also remains active as part of anti-terrorism measures under Operation Sentinelle.
Former military general Dominique Trinquand, who once led the French military mission at the UN, said that French forces have been in Iraq "for a while" and in Syria since at least the spring.
The French president expressed "his confidence and pride in the French soldiers" who courageously battle "terrorist groups from the Levant to the Sahel" in Africa.