PARIS, Feb 26 (Reuters) – France said it stood by U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in Syria in response to attacks on coalition bases in Iraq, the French foreign ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“In light of these unacceptable attacks, which we have firmly condemned, we stand with our American allies,” the statement said.

The air strikes, early on Friday Middle-Eastern time, targeted militia sites on the Syrian side of the Iraqi-Syrian frontier, where groups backed by Iran control an important crossing for weapons, personnel and goods.

(Reporting by John Irish; writing by GV De Clercq; editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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