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France threatens Afghan pullout after troops killed
Reuters ^ | Fri Jan 20, 2012 8:16pm EST | John Irish and Ahmed Qiam

Posted on 01/20/2012 7:26:53 PM PST by Pan_Yan

(Reuters) - France threatened on Friday to pull out early from the NATO-led war in Afghanistan after a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on French soldiers, killing four and wounding about 15 others.

The killings in the Taghab valley of Afghanistan's eastern Kapisa province were the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan troops have turned on Western allies.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy said all French operations on the ground were being suspended and his defence minister was dispatched to Afghanistan to clarify the situation.

"If the security conditions are not clearly established then the question of an early return of French forces from Afghanistan will arise," said Sarkozy.

France has almost 4,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the 130,000-strong NATO-led force there. French troops mainly patrol Kapisa, a mountainous province near Kabul. They are due to leave by around the end of 2013.

NATO said four soldiers were killed. French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe told a news conference about 15 others were wounded, eight of them seriously.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; france; nato; taliban

1 posted on 01/20/2012 7:27:09 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

Sarkozy will only send his elite troops to round up bunny rabbits in the future.


2 posted on 01/20/2012 7:30:59 PM PST by Cyman
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To: Cyman

Anyone interested in buying a French military rifle? It has never been fired and only dropped once.


3 posted on 01/20/2012 7:33:38 PM PST by Plane_Guy
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To: Pan_Yan

White flag French.


4 posted on 01/20/2012 7:38:31 PM PST by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
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To: Pan_Yan

[shakes head in wonderment]


5 posted on 01/20/2012 7:39:06 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: doc1019

The French have lost 78 men in Afghanistan. Give them a little respect.


6 posted on 01/20/2012 7:43:43 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

1,878 American soldiers have been killed in Afganistan . Give them a ‘’little respect’’. The Frenchies can tough it out a little longer.


7 posted on 01/20/2012 7:55:32 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Pan_Yan

France is as France does.


8 posted on 01/20/2012 8:00:09 PM PST by Gamecock (I am so thankful for [the] active obedience of Christ. No hope without it. JGM)
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To: jmacusa
1,878 American soldiers have been killed in Afganistan . Give them a ‘’little respect’’.

I'm afraid I don't understand your comment. My respect for our troops is not lessened by acknowledging the soldiers of other countries who have died fighting along side them.

9 posted on 01/20/2012 8:07:34 PM PST by Pan_Yan
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To: Pan_Yan

http://0.tqn.com/d/politicalhumor/1/0/u/R/french_soldierofsurrender.jpg

Ze french?????? PTOOOEEEY.....I spit on the ground at their mention.


10 posted on 01/20/2012 8:13:21 PM PST by Puckster
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To: Pan_Yan

My late grandfather fought in 1918 to give the French their freedom back. An uncle of mine had to do it 20 years later in 1944. 78 dead still leaves the French 1,800 short of what our country has given. Sorry, but given France’s over-all conduct in military matters this colors my view of them. But at least there are 78 Frenchmen with honor.


11 posted on 01/20/2012 8:16:27 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Pan_Yan
If the security conditions are not clearly established...

Huh? Isn't that the job of your military?

12 posted on 01/20/2012 8:24:43 PM PST by expat1000
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To: Pan_Yan
a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on French soldiers

It's only "workplace violence", nothing to see here, move along, monsieurs et medames...

13 posted on 01/20/2012 8:27:59 PM PST by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: jmacusa
"My late grandfather fought in 1918 to give the French their freedom back. An uncle of mine had to do it 20 years later in 1944."

Keep in mind it was a French military man, Ferdinand Foch, who condemned the Treaty Of Versaille, saying that, "This is not a peace. It is an armistice for twenty years." The treaty of Versaille, League of Nations, etc. were constructs largely forged and influenced by Wilson and his progressive coterie...something we should all be more aware of as so many conservatives rally around a 2012 candidate who describes himself as a, "realpolitik Wilsonian."

14 posted on 01/20/2012 8:44:53 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem. meum)
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To: Joe 6-pack

Foch was also the man who said “The best defense is a good offense’’. A Frenchman said that, can you imagine?


15 posted on 01/20/2012 9:04:30 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

In World War I, France suffered 1.3 million battle deaths, the US suffered 100,000 battle deaths. So by your logic, we were 1.2 million short.


16 posted on 01/20/2012 9:35:51 PM PST by gusty
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To: Pan_Yan
Lets be fair to our French allies, they are there with us!

We should be pulling out also.

17 posted on 01/21/2012 12:55:48 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: jmacusa

Why should they?


18 posted on 01/21/2012 12:56:47 AM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: Plane_Guy
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19 posted on 01/21/2012 3:02:03 AM PST by SiVisPacemParaBellum (Peace through superior firepower!)
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To: fortheDeclaration

Why should they? Do they give a rip about survival?


20 posted on 01/21/2012 10:10:05 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: gusty

Were Saracens flying planes into buildings in America in 1917? We paid rivers of blood for France’s freedom, TWICE!! They can tough it out.


21 posted on 01/21/2012 10:39:48 AM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa

There is no reason for either us or the French to still be in that nation.


22 posted on 01/21/2012 12:24:30 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: fortheDeclaration

I would have to agree but to hear the French crying about 78 combat deaths is a little...unmanly.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 12:32:51 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: jmacusa
I believe the complaint is more about how these last were killed, by an Afghan inside the unit.

I bet our SEAL team was set up as well.

Can't trust these people, we need to go.

24 posted on 01/21/2012 12:37:52 PM PST by fortheDeclaration (All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. Burke)
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To: jmacusa

Unfortunately, too often the idea of a ‘good French offense’ was “let’s charge the German machine guns until we’re all dead”


25 posted on 01/21/2012 12:41:02 PM PST by Zman516
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To: fortheDeclaration

I was all for ending Afganistan as a terrorist truck-stop. But trying to turn 7th. barbarians into schoolboys isn’t going to work. However in the broader sense what we are fighting here is Islam. Not ‘’radical Islam’’, there is no such thing. It’s all radical. It’s a murderous throwback to a long distant and dark time in human history totally out of place in the modern world and we’ll be it fighting forever.


26 posted on 01/21/2012 12:47:01 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: Pan_Yan

The assholes who post comments like the ones above have clearly never served yet beat their chest in arrogance when talking about the strength of our nation while having contributed 0 to it. They’re trash, no need to bother with them.


27 posted on 01/22/2012 1:42:37 PM PST by hannibaal
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