4 french paras WIA in Afghanistan

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    http://www.lepoint.fr/actualites-monde/quatre-soldats-du-8eme-rpima-blesses-en-afghanistan/1648/0/277875 (in french)

    It's the same unit which lost 10 KIAs last month. Looks like it has not affected the opeational tempo.

    Four French soldiers of the 8th RPIMA were injured Saturday during
    a clash with rebels in the village of Ebdakel in
    Kapissa province, northeast of Kabul.

    The soldier's most
    seriously injured has broken leg, and the four victims
    were transported to Bagram, reported Agence France Presse

    According to our information, a platoon of 30 paras were patrolling between the two main bases of Tagab and
    Nijrab. The Pn was conducting a reconnaissance in this village Ebdakel,
    near the MSR (Main Supply Road) l in
    the Central Valley. The men were crossing a wadi (small
    Dry Creek) and were supported by two armored vehicles, a VAB and an AMX-10 RC light tank . Above them,
    two A-10s Thunderbolt of the U.S. Air Force were circling
    since the beginning of the patrol, due to insecurity well
    known in this area.

    A 14 h 50, the first RPG was fired, from a village by about 15
    insurgents. It struck the French column. A 15 h 25, thirty-five minutes after the start of the fight, a first QRF was in the area, followed by a second at 15 h 40.

    The French have responded with their infantry weapons, with the
    12.7 mm machine gun of the VAB and with the 105mm gun of the AMX-10RC.

    The A-10 aircraft could not open fire because of the presence of
    gunmen in the village, and the OH-58D Kiowa U.S. helicopters that
    arrived very quickly in the area could not fire either, for
    the same reason. The risks were too strong to strike

    A 17 h 05, all French soldiers had
    returned to their bases.