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Latest update : 2012-11-26

France pulls its troops out of Kapisa

French combat troops have pulled out of the Kapisa region of Afghanistan, where they had been in charge of training up the Afghan National Army, whose forces will replace them. It's been 11 years since the French military was first deployed in the country and 88 of their number have been killed in action there. President François Hollande had vowed to bring the soldiers as soon as possible, but 1,500 will stay in Afghanistan for the time being.

By Vikram Singh , Sylvain LEPETIT

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