France Willing to Redeploy Troops in Afghanistan For Emergencies
December 18, 2006
The French defense minister said France is willing to send its remaining troops in Afghanistan anywhere in the country to help in emergencies.
Michele Alliot-Marie said during a visit to Kabul Monday that French troops could be sent as temporary reinforcements to assist allied forces in combat situations. But she said French troops would not be sent permanently to the restive south and east of the country.
NATO allies agreed last month to redeploy their forces anywhere in the country when necessary.
On Sunday, Alliot-Marie announced that France will withdraw its 200-strong special forces unit from the eastern city of Jalalabad, near the border with Pakistan. France has another 1100 troops stationed in and around the capital Kabul.
Michele Alliot-Marie in Tadjikistan and in Afghanistan
The Minister for Defense, Michele Alliot-Marie will go on December 16, 2006 for three days to Tadjikistan before going to Afghanistan.
This voyage intervenes in a context where France, âin support and solidarity with its alliesâ, decided âto adapt its military device in Afghanistan to the needs for NATO and the needs of the Afghans, with constant manpowerâ, like had announced it the president of the Republic, Mr. Jacques Chirac, at the time of the top of NATO last on November 29, in Riga.
During her visit, Michele Alliot-Marie will meet the French soldiers of the special forces, the international Force of assistance to the safety (TRUSTED) of NATO and the Afghan soldiers.
She should discuss with Afghan president Hamid KarzaÃ¯ like with her Afghan counterpart, the general Abdul Rahim Wardak.
Some 2.000 French soldiers are engaged in Afghanistan or in the area, within the international Force of assistance to safety ((TRUSTED), of NATO or under American command, within the framework of the operation âimmutable Freedomâ (Enduring Freedom), since 2001.
PartTimePongo said:So it sounds like the French are resting SF troops, who seem to have been very busy previously. They also make a committment to having French Forces available as a QRF.
jimmys_best_mate said:PartTimePongo said:So it sounds like the French are resting SF troops, who seem to have been very busy previously. They also make a committment to having French Forces available as a QRF.
IIRC from the last time this was brought up on here (a while back), it's due to the Yanks withdrawing from certain areas in AFG, meaning that the helo support promised to Monsieur SF was also withdrawn.
Yellow_Devil said:Where did the stories re lack of US heli support come from? Sounds odd, given that the US are surely not short of a chopper or two, and that the Fr withdrawal has been very bad PR for NATO.