The French Defense Minister has announced that France will withdraw special forces troops from Afghanistan. This comes at a time when commanders there are literally begging for additional troops from NATO.
KABUL (AFP) – French Defense Minister Michele Alliot-Marie has announced that France would withdraw hundreds of its special forces fromwithin the next few weeks.
"We'll pull our special forces out of Afghanistan in the coming weeks," Alliot-Marie told reporters during her visit to the Afghan capital Kabul.
She was referring to some 200 French special forces stationed in eastern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, aimed at hunting down Taliban fighters in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
France has deployed a total of 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, with the remainder serving in the-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
Seven members of the French special forces have been killed in action in the war-ravaged country, while 12 others have been wounded since their deployment……
….The proposed French withdrawal comes when ISAF commanders facing an unexpected Taliban resistance have been demanding more troops to be deployed in the south of Afghanistan where Taliban are most active.
This would be Jacques Chirac's way of shouldering the burden of NATO. White flags weigh a lot, apparently.