09 Jun '12, 4pm

France to Begin Afghanistan Withdrawal in July: President

TULLE, France — French President Francois Hollande on June 9 said France will begin its pullout from Afghanistan next month and complete it by Dec. 31, after four French troops were killed on the eve of key elections. Hollande said France would pay a “national homage” to the men killed in a Taliban suicide attack in eastern Afghanistan earlier in the day and that the five other wounded would be repatriated rapidly. The withdrawal of French troops from Afghanistan was one of Hollande’s presidential electoral promises. It “will begin in the month of July, will be carried out and be completed at the end of 2012,” Hollande said. “In the meantime, everything must be done for our troops to meet their obligations but with the highest level of security and with the greatest vigilance for the lives of the soldiers. “I am making this engagement here and I will be the guarantor for t...

Full article: http://www.defensenews.com/article/20120609/DEFREG01/3060...

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