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PublishDate: Thursday, March 29, 2012 10:02

France pullout 200 troops from Afghanistan

The troops which left Afghanistan on Wednesday were based in Surobi district of Kabul province.

Sarkozy announced to withdraw withdrawal timetable, pulling out 1,000 – 400 more than its previous target – of its current 3,600 soldiers by year-end and withdraw all combat forces by the end of 2013 KHAAMA Press reported.  

The withdrawal time table was announced by French president Nicolas Sarkozy after an Afghan national army soldier shot dead at least 4 French troops in eastern Kapisa province.

France deployed around 3,600 troops under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan to fight Taliban and al Qaeda militants in the country.

French forces in Afghanistan have been involved in the ongoing War in Afghanistan since late 2001. At least 92 French troops have been killed in various incidents across the country since the beginning of its mission in Afghanistan.

In the meantime a spokesman for the French contingent in Afghanistan Maj. Philippe Baille said, French soldiers will continue training Afghan security forces and providing logistical support for the Afghan army after 2014

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