France Says Turkey’s Syria Action ‘Currently’ No Threat To Jihadist Jails

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Updated October 16, 2019
French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly (Assemblee Nationale) in Paris on October 15, 2019. Christophe ARCHAMBAULT / AFP



France said Wednesday that the security of Kurdish-run prisons holding suspected jihadists in northern Syria was “currently” not threatened by a Turkish military operation in the region.

“To my knowledge, the Turkish offensive and the positioning of the SDF (Syrian Democratic Forces) have so far not led to the safety and security of these camps… currently being threatened,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told French broadcaster BFMTV and RMC radio.

Meanwhile, Le Drian said he would discuss a judicial framework for putting jihadists on trial during an upcoming visit to Iraq, as calls grow for an international court to judge the extremists.

“We need to work things out with the Iraqi authorities so that we can find the ways to have a judicial mechanism that is able to judge all these fighters, including obviously the French fighters,” he told newsmen, without specifying when he would go to Baghdad.