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France wants Europe to lift Afghan troop restrictions

France wants Europe to lift Afghan troop restrictions
17/09/2008 08:05

By Rob Taylor

CANBERRA (Reuters) - France on Wednesday asked its European allies to relax restrictions on troop deployment and operations in Afghanistan just a month after losing 10 soldiers in a Taliban ambush.
Limits on troop operations and years of military underspending in Europe outside the United Kingdom and France were damaging the coalition war effort, French Defence Minister Herve Morin said on a visit to Australia.
"Most of Europe has made NATO responsible for their security. Therefore, the weakness of Europe is typified by what you see in Afghanistan," Morin told journalists.

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I was pleased and mildly suprised to see how enthusiastic the French people were for their forces to get involved with destroying the Taliban.

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