French army hands over Afghan province

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  1. Par for the course pour le froggy government?

    MAHMOOD-E-RAQI, Afghanistan, July 4 AFP - The French military has officially handed over control of the key Afghan province of Kapisa to local forces.

    THE transfer is an important stage in France's withdrawal from the war-torn country, which new President Francois Hollande has accelerated by ordering the return of troops by the end of 2012, a year earlier than previously planned.

    France is the fifth largest contributor to NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), which is due to pull out the vast majority of its 130,000 forces by the end of 2014.

    Kapisa, an extremely unstable province where French troops have suffered numerous deadly attacks from the Taliban, lies to the northeast of Kabul close to the border with Pakistan's lawless tribal areas.

    In 2011, 24 French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, all in Kapisa.
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  2. Par for the course? I'm sure the families of the 86 KIA in Afghanistan will agree with you.
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  3. Was refering to the French leadership, not the poor lads who were killed serving their country.

    However, will edit the original post to make the distinction clear.
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  4. Would it have made you any happier if the French had handed their province over the the yanks like we did?
  5. Who do you think is coming riding to our rescue so that we can do a runner from Helmand? The Grenadier Guards?
  6. I wouldn't say that kapisa was that close to the pakistan border, and to be fair to the frog's, they have got a tough AO and put up a dam good fight, needless to say they light up anything that comes close to their FOB's, in contrast to the yank bases in that AO who have sat there and taken it. The area is very mountainous so a difficult place to fight in.
  7. i wish our government would tell karzai to poke it and be out of there in 5 months
  8. Not likely, there are things that need to be polished, and shined. Things that are not ment to shine, will shine, alot.
    And drill to be done. Marching........... up and down the sqaure ect.
    Even more so because the troop this year was in proper ding.
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