France to withdraw special forces from Afghanistan

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France to withdraw special forces from Afghanistan
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PARIS (Reuters) - France has decided to pull its special forces out of Afghanistan after a NATO-led stabilisation force extended operations to the whole country, the French defense ministry said on Sunday.

The contingent of 200 elite troops, operating under U.S. command near the Pakistan border, will be withdrawn at the beginning of 2007, a spokesman said.

The announcement coincides with a visit to Afghanistan by Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, who told French radio it was part of a wider reorganization of foreign troops.

France is part of a 32,000-strong NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, which took over command of a war against the Taliban from U.S.-led forces in October and has launched a series of military offensives.

France's special forces had been deployed in 2003 to bolster Operation Enduring Freedom, a separate U.S.-led campaign against the Taliban and al-Qaeda launched in response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.

"We are reorganizing our presence because ISAF has spread across the country and so we are also making a change, which is to withdraw our special forces from Jalalabad," Alliot-Marie told France Info radio.

She said France would instead step up training of the Afghan army, particularly its special forces.

Some 1,100 French troops will remain in the region of Kabul as part of the ISAF, the French defense ministry spokesman said.

Ten French troops have been killed since the conflict in Afghanistan started in October 2001. The majority belonged to the special forces unit based in the eastern city of Jalalabad.
 
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Tango34_UK said:
The French have SF Troops?
They have beards and a vast range of white flags for all tactical situations :D

Being serious, the loss of any SF, even French, is going to be a blow
 
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Tango34_UK said:
The French have SF Troops?
They have to be able to raise their arms and scream "I surrender" in 3.5 seconds flat, this is whilst they ar dropping waist webbing and weapon.

Cnuts....the lot of them.

fastmedic
 
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The French have Troops?
 
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Well if the French are pulling out we must be about to win!
 
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The announcement coincides with a visit to Afghanistan by Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, who told French radio it was part of a wider reorganization of foreign troops.-Would that be similar to 1940's reorg then :wink:
 
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Schaden said:
Tango34_UK said:
The French have SF Troops?
Moronic French are militarily crap "joke" - are you American?
Errm nah... English more likely... And whether as allies or opponents the English haven't seen much of the French that warranted being impressed, historically speaking...

Seriously though, who do they mean? Don't suppose they simply meant one of the Foreign Legion's units? (Not really SOF)
 
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LineDoggie said:
The announcement coincides with a visit to Afghanistan by Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie, who told French radio it was part of a wider reorganization of foreign troops.-Would that be similar to 1940's reorg then :wink:
Where the French sustained the following;

90,000 killed, 200,000 wounded and approximately 1,800,000 imprisoned.

:roll:
 

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