10 French Paras killed in Afganistan

#1
French NATO troops and Afghan forces fought fierce battles with insurgents near capital Kabul Tuesday, with heavy casualties reported to both sides, military officials said.

The clash started with an attack on an International Security Assistance Force patrol Monday in Sarobi district, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Kabul, the ISAF media office said.

"We had a fight through the night and it is ongoing," an ISAF officer told AFP on condition of anonymity.

An ISAF statement said soldiers were involved in a "significant incident with insurgents" but it could not yet release details.

It did not give the nationalities of the ISAF soldiers but a Western military source said on condition of anonymity that French troops were involved.

The French military was meanwhile expected to make an announcement Tuesday.

An Afghan military officer said first reports were that 10 ISAF soldiers had been killed but this was not confirmed by the force or the French military.

Another 20 were reported to have been wounded, the officer said on condition of anonymity.

Afghan defence ministry spokesman General Mohammad Zahir Azimi would not comment on ISAF casualties.

He said however that 13 rebels including a Pakistani national had been killed.

"Thirteen bodies that the enemy left behind have been recovered but their casualties are much higher," Azimi said. Fourteen other rebels and two Afghan soldiers were wounded, he added.

A French military official in Paris told AFP late Monday that French troops were engaged in an operation in Afghanistan but did not give the location.

"An operation is ongoing which started Monday with French soldiers in Afghanistan," he said, asking not to be named.

Most of the 3,000 French troops in the 40-nation ISAF are in Kabul province, which includes Sarobi, and Kapisa province, northeast of the capital.

The insurgent Taliban movement claimed meanwhile that it had attacked ISAF troops in Sarobi and blown up several vehicles. "We have inflicted heavy casualties," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed told AFP.

The military had responded with air strikes that killed five Taliban and several civilians, he said. Taliban statements are not always accurate and the information could not be independently verified.

The governor of Sarobi district, Sayed Slaiman, also said there had been fighting but had few details. "We know that the enemy had casualties and they have left their dead bodies behind," he said, without being able to elaborate.

The Taliban were in government between 1996 and 2001 and are waging a deadly insurgency to take back power. Other extremist rebels are involved in the violence which has grown steadily every year.
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#6
2nd REP I presume?

RIP.
 
#8
Dreadful news.

RIP
 
#9
Really bad news

Respect to the French fallen , and a safe recovery to La Belle France to the wounded.
 
#12
Looks like Rosalie's coming out of retirement. En y vas, mes enfants.
 
#14
RIP

My mate just deployed out there with 2 REP, if they release any names please post a link.

Thanks
 
#16
I know we like to have a good-natured dig at the French here, but that must have been one hell of a fight.

RIP fellas and hope hor a speedy and full recovery for the wounded.
 
#17
RIP
 
#18
Sarkozy's statement

Publié le 19-08-08 à 13:05

Communiqué de M. le Président de la République


Dans son combat contre le terrorisme, la France vient d'être durement frappée.

Hier, 10 de nos soldats appartenant au 8ème Régiment de parachutistes d’infanterie de marine, au 2ème Régiment étranger de parachutistes et au Régiment de marche du Tchad sont morts en Afghanistan. 21 autres ont été blessés, au cours d’une mission de reconnaissance conjointe avec l’armée nationale afghane. D’importants moyens, aériens notamment, ont été mis en œuvre avec le soutien des Alliés pour appuyer et dégager nos hommes pris dans une embuscade d'une extrême violence. Cette mission se déroulait dans la région de Kaboul, où nos forces sont présentes avec nos alliés depuis 2002.

Je m'incline avec respect et émotion devant le courage de ces hommes qui ont accompli leur devoir jusqu'au sacrifice suprême. Mes pensées vont d’abord à leurs familles et à leurs proches auxquels je transmets, au nom de la Nation, mes condoléances. Je dis aux blessés ma sympathie et mon soutien dans cette épreuve. Je partage également la peine de leurs camarades et au-delà de tous les militaires français. Dès ce soir je me rendrai en Afghanistan pour les assurer que la France est à leurs côtés.

Ma détermination est intacte. La France est résolue à poursuivre la lutte contre le terrorisme, pour la démocratie et la liberté. La cause est juste, c’est l’honneur de la France et de ses armées de la défendre. Au nom de tous les Français je renouvelle à nos armées la confiance de la Nation pour remplir leur mission.
mes plus sincères condoléances
 
#20
Sarko's last para is full of determination. I do hope that French public opinion does not move for a pull out. We need all the support from our allies that we can muster. Possibly a good job that they are all in Brusslls having a chat fest, so that Sarko can be encouraged by teh others.

Enjoy the Stellas upstairs. RIP
 

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