January 8, 2020 / 8:45 AM / 14 days ago

France has no plan to withdraw soldiers from Iraq: government source

PARIS (Reuters) - France is not planning to withdraw its 160 soldiers deployed in Iraq following Iranian missile strikes targeting U.S.-led forces, a French government source told Reuters on Wednesday.

A French army spokesman previously said there had been no French military casualties in Iraq from the Iranian strikes.

Iran’s action early on Wednesday was in retaliation for a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, which has triggered fears of a new Middle East war.

Reporting by Tangi Salaun; Writing by Matthieu Protard; Editing by Gareth Jones

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