A French special forces soldier has been killed while fighting ISIS in the Iraq/Syria region. The soldier, a special forces paratrooper from the 13th Parachute Regiment, was serving with the coalition forces led by the United States in the battle against Daesh.
Operation Chammal is the French operation to fight ISIS in the Middle East. There are about 1,200 French soldiers deployed in the area which has had a French troop presence since 2014. In 2015 this extended to Syria as well. French jets have been bombing terrorist positions along with coalition forces as the ISIS territory has slowly been diminishing.
In a statement, the French President Emmanuel Macron ‘learned with great sadness’ of the soldier’s death.
Like many other countries special forces, the French soldiers are providing training to local troops fighting against ISIS but this will sometimes put troops in the combat zone when training on equipment is required.
13th Parachute Regiment
Officially the 13th Parachute Regiment is not in Iraq or Syria so questions will be asked but that’s the point of special forces. We shouldn’t be announcing to the world where they are in the area and what they’re going to be doing before they go. This will just make them a target and can lead to possible leaks like the recent events when Turkey announced where US Special Forces were present in Syria.
It should all be kept on the quiet until it’s no longer a risk to operational security, like in the killing of Daesh leaders and when the troops have moved on. There’s a fair argument for not even revealing that information but there are plenty of us that like to know as much as possible, it’s finding the balance between sharing information and not revealing anything that could compromise the missions.
France24 have more on this in the video below.