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|08-19-2008, 11:57 AM||#1|
Habari Na Mijeldi
Member Since: Dec 2003
French Losses In Afghanistan
Sarkozy to fly to Afghanistan after French soldiers killed in ambush | World news | guardian.co.uk
Nicolas Sarkozy today said he would travel to Afghanistan after 10 French soldiers were killed after Taliban insurgents attacked their patrol near Kabul.
A three-hour gun battle broke out after the attack yesterday, 30 miles east of the capital, in the Surobi district, continuing sporadically overnight and picking up this morning, when the Nato soldiers were killed, Afghan military officials said today. A further 21 were injured.
One Afghan source claimed four of the soldiers had been kidnapped by the insurgents and killed.
French reinforcements in armoured vehicles joined the battle today, while other troops stopped civilian traffic from entering the area. Witnesses reported helicopters flying overhead.
The deaths of the men, from the 8th Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment, represent the biggest single loss of life for the French in Afghanistan since the US-led invasion of 2001 ousted the Taliban regime. Before yesterday's attack, the total French death toll was 14.
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