France to beef up Afghan mission

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  1. France to beef up Afghan mission

    France will reinforce its military presence in Afghanistan, French Prime Minister Francois Fillon has said.

    He told MPs, who later voted in support of the mission, that 100 extra troops plus helicopters and drones would back up its 2,600-strong force.
    He admitted that France had "learned the lessons" of a Taleban ambush last month in which 10 French soldiers died.

    A Canadian newspaper said a Nato report described the French as "woefully unprepared" for that attack.

    France's defence minister said the report was not an official Nato document, but one officer's version of events written "in the heat of the moment".

    The ambush near Kabul on 18 August was one of the deadliest attacks on foreign troops in Afghanistan, and has sparked a debate over President Nicolas Sarkozy's decision earlier this year to boost France's Afghan contingent.

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  2. WOW that many!!!!!!