France Admits Special Forces Active In Syria

syria-france-20130831By Brandon Turbeville

Yet another confirmation has arrived regarding what informed observers have known since the very beginning of the Syrian crisis but what, up until this point, authorities have tried to deny – that French Special Forces are active on the ground in Syria.

According to reports by French news agency, AFP, the Special Forces troops are working alongside terrorists in northern Syria in an effort to guide the operation to retake Manbij. The French soldiers are also working alongside the SDF, a loose coalition of terrorists, YPG, Kurds, Arabs, and other groups, supported by the U.S. and NATO.

A French Defense Ministry official told AFP that “The offensive at Manbij is clearly being backed by a certain number of states including France. It’s the usual support – it’s advisory.” Up until this point, France has only publicly acknowledged the presence of 150 Special Forces fighters operating in Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Defense Minister, told a French television channel on Friday that France was not only providing air support and arms to “rebels” but also offering tactical advice. However, at the time, he did not mention the deployment of the Special Forces.

“We never go into details about anything to do with special forces, which are by their nature special. You won’t get any details to protect these men’s activities,” French Army Spokesman Col. Gilles Jaron stated.

This is not the first time the presence of French military soldiers in Syria was revealed. It was reported early on in the Syrian destabilization effort that 13 French military officers acting as mercenaries/death squad participants were captured by the Syrian government, all the while the mainstream Western media reported the events as “peaceful protest” and a grassroots level organic Syrian uprising against an oppressive regime.

Around the same time, hacked emails obtained by Anonymous in December 2011 and released by WikiLeaks in steady drips ever since February 27, 2012, revealed that NATO troops, including those from the US, UK, and France, were likely already operating inside Syria. The emails were obtained from the private U.S. intelligence firm, Stratfor, and were apparently sent by Stratfor’s Director of Analysis, Reva Bhalla (bhalla@stratfor.com) and contain discussion of a December confidential Pentagon meeting which was attended “by senior analysts from the US Air Force, and representatives from its chief allies, France and the United Kingdom. Tellingly, the email’s author stated that US officials “said without saying that SOF [special operation forces] teams (presumably from the US, UK, France, Jordan and Turkey) are already on the ground, focused on recce [reconnaissance] missions and training opposition forces.” Later in the email, it was stated that “the idea ‘hypothetically’ is to commit guerrilla attacks, assassination campaigns, try to break the back of the Alawite forces, elicit collapse from within.”

This should come as no surprise since Western troops and intelligence agents maintained a heavy presence inside Libya during the destruction of that nation, increasing their presence as the destabilization and subsequent invasion succeeded.

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Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is the author of seven books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies, Five Sense Solutions and Dispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 650 articles on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s radio show Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. His website is BrandonTurbeville.com He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.

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  • R Brodersdorf

    And yet another illegal invasion force that is a US puppet is in Syria helping the US mercenaries (when paid by the US they are not terrorist or even moderates, they are US military) I guess it best to admit it before having your troops captured and paraded in front of the media.

  • Alabama Mothman

    And you can bet your mortgage they are NOT fighting one the side that are trying to prevent the killing of their civilians.

  • legal eagle

    Sans invitation c’est une invasion criminel.

  • Lombardi100

    Russia has taught us a great lesson about democracy and human rights by
    supporting Syria in this hard time . Assad is not the problem but
    Turkey,Saudi Arabia and Qatar who are supporting those barbaric
    terrorists which USA is pretending to fight them with now the support of special French forces..Only USA can stop this
    proxy war with the help of Russia.But the objective of USA is regime
    change in Syria and replacing Assad with some puppet President that
    would support USA interests in Middle East. It has absolutely nothing to
    do with human rights and democracy but pipeline project from Gulf States to Syria. The innocent Syrian people are
    paying the price for this horrible war that has destroyed the country
    and its culture with refuges crisis. The only way to bring peace and stability back to Middle East is regime change in Turkey and Gulf Arab States not Syria.

  • JosephConrad

    FRANCE IS A DECEITFUL, GODLESS NATION. IT WILL BE IN SICIO-ECONOMIC CHAOS UNTIL IT REALIZES SYRIA DID NOT INVITE IT. IT IS SENDING MEN TO ANOTHER DIEN BIEN PHU FOLLOWING THE U.S.

    • blue579

      No need to worry. Economically, France and Europe in general are going the way of Greece, Russia, Brazil — chaos and austerity, plus some social engineering. Coming to every part of the world including the US and currently making its way throughout the wealthy middle east gulf states. JosephConrad, you’re another AMAZINGLY prolific commentator, several dozen comments around the web within an hour or two and all with the same consistent language and theme. Reminds me of another new regular poster. Last week I read a long investigative journalistic piece on this phenomenon “The Agency” in the NY Times Magazine written by a reporter who traveled to Russia to interview writers, researchers, and agents for the article. It’s NYT so we know it’s a limited hangout, i.e. the same modus operandi is in EVERY nation to one degree or another..

  • Paschn

    Let me know when they admit to their part in the murder of Gadhafi ruination of Libya and turn over all those implicated for public castration to ensure they have no spawn to continue their evil.. then I’ll think about saying “you’re forgiven”.

  • blue579

    Why would Wikileaks (a CIA operation) be slowly leaking this information? Most of the basic information on foreign collaborative intervention in Syria are being reported in the major MSM outlets, so why the intrigue of the fake “leaks”?

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