October 9, 2019 / 6:09 PM / 7 days ago

French defence minister says Turkish offensive in Syria must stop

French Defence Minister Florence Parly attends a ceremony for the delivery of the first Rafale fighter to the Indian Air Force at the factory of French aircraft manufacturer Dassault Aviation in Merignac near Bordeaux, France, October 8, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

PARIS (Reuters) - French Defence Minister Florence Parly said on her Twitter feed that the Turkish offensive in northeast Syria is dangerous and should stop.

Turkey attacked Kurdish militia positions in northeast Syria on Wednesday, pounding them with air strikes and artillery barrages in a cross-border military operation just days after U.S. troops pulled back from the area.

“(It is ) dangerous for the security of the Kurds. Dangerous because it benefits Islamic State, which we have been fighting for five years. It must stop,” she said.

Reporting by John Irish; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by Chris Reese

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