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

A French soldier patrols in the street near a department store. (File photo: Reuters)

France is not planning to withdraw its 160 soldiers deployed in Iraq following Iranian missile strikes targeting US-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 US drone strike that killed a top Iranian commander in Baghdad, which has triggered fears of a new Middle East war.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:05 - GMT 07:05