Last French Combat Troops Leave Afghanistan

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France flew its last combat troops out of Afghanistan on Saturday, two years before allied nations in the 100,000-strong NATO mission led by the United States are due to recall their fighting forces.

Around 200 soldiers of the 25th Belfort infantry regiment, responsible for overseeing the hastened French exit from the 11-year war, took off around 2:30 pm local time (1000 GMT), an airport official told AFP.

They are expected to return to France on December 18 following a three-day decompression stay on the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

Their departure means France has around 1,500 soldiers left in Afghanistan, the vast majority in Kabul. They are due to stay into 2013 to take responsibility for repatriating equipment and training the Afghan army to take over.

At the height of its involvement, France had 4,000 soldiers in Afghanistan as the fifth largest military contingent in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), behind the United States, Britain, Germany and Italy.

Comments 3
Default-user-icon Knghtrider (Guest) 15 December 2012, 15:35

Why do you have the UN when you have NATO invading countries? What right did the NATO or the US have to invade Afghanistan? It goes to prove the UN is powerless against the US and powerful against weak nations. What a shame for the 21st century. I would be ashamed of myself if I was the UN leader. Very intimidating indeed no matter how much I am against Islamist teachings and leaders!

Thumb andre.jabbour 15 December 2012, 17:37

Now they can redeploy in Syria.

Missing bigjohn 15 December 2012, 22:56

Congratulations on another failed mission. Did the stupid West learn any lessons?