A French soldier engaged in the "Operation Chammal", the French military operation within "Operation Inherent Resolve", the international coalition against the Islamic State (IS) group, stands guard in front of a wheeled 155 mm gun-howitzer CAESAR system (trucks equipped with an artillery system), on February 9, 2019, near Al-Qaim, a few kilometres away from the last scrap of territory held by IS in eastern Syria. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said on February 9, 2019 it had begun the "final battle" to oust the Islamic State group from the last scrap of territory it holds in eastern Syria. / AFP / Daphné BENOIT
A French soldier with Operation Inherent Resolve, the international coalition against ISIS, stands guard near Al Qaim, Iraq. AFP

French soldier killed in Iraq died in four-hour gun battle with ISIS


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