Saturday, January 21, 2012

France suspends Afghan military ops after soldiers die

PARIS: France is suspending military operations in Afghanistan and may accelerate its planned troop withdrawal if the security situation does not improve, President Nicolas Sarkozy said on Friday after the killing of four more French soldiers.

Sarkozy, addressing French diplomats after an Afghan security source said four soldiers had been killed and 17 wounded by an Afghan soldier in the Taghab valley of eastern Kapisa province, confirmed that the dead were French.

“I have decided to send the defense minister and the head of the armed forces to Afghanistan and until then all training operations and combat help from French forces are suspended,” said Sarkozy.

“If the security conditions are not clearly established then the question of an early return of French forces from Afghanistan will arise.”

The shootings were the latest of several in which western soldiers have been killed by members of the Afghan security forces, undermining trust between Afghan and western troops in the run-up to the withdrawal of foreign combat troops in 2014.

“It’s unacceptable that our soldiers are killed by our allies. It’s a difficult decision to make,” he said of the suspension of French operations.

More than 2,500 foreign troops have died in Afghanistan since the NATO-led war began in 2001, and the latest killings take the French toll to 82.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can't belive im I'm saying this, but we should follow their example. There isn't one US soldier's life worth the best possible outcome in that shit hole.

11:25 PM  
Blogger madtom said...

The only thing I can say would be containment, some kind of containment, but I don't know what that is.

6:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Containment should be leaving the place with a solemn promise to return at the controls of every bomber/drone/missile needed to wipe out every living soul in the vicinity of a 'problem' for US security. Anything else is wasted. That's the only thing that has ever worked in the history of war, a willingness to put your interests above all others without remorse or apology. People understand and respect it on a primal level. And from time to time, your interest are going to have to accept sacrifice and pain. Problem is, I'm not sure that the culture and society we have today is worthy.

8:36 AM  

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