Monday, December 18, 2006

CBC News Dec. 17: France to pull elite troops from Afghanistan

France to pull elite troops from Afghanistan

Last Updated: Sunday, December 17, 2006 | 1:54 PM ET
CBC News

France will withdraw its 200 special forces troops from Afghanistan within weeks, authorities announced Sunday.

The elite soldiers have been serving under U.S. forces in the southeast, battling Taliban and al-Qaeda militants.

The rest of France's contribution in Afghanistan - about 1,100 troops - have been under NATO leadership and stationed in the relatively safe capital, Kabul. French authorities have resisted repeated calls from NATO leaders and individual countries in the coalition, including Canada, for the troops to be deployed in more volatile

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