10 French troops killed in Afghanistan
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Ten French paratroopers were killed and at least 21 wounded in heavy fighting between NATO troops and insurgents in the Kabul region on Tuesday. French President Nicolas Sarkozy is due arrive in the region on Wednesday morning.
Ten French soldiers were killed in clashes with the Taliban in eastern
Speaking from the Afghan capital of Kabul Tuesday, FRANCE 24’s Claire Billet said ten French paratroopers were killed and 21 other French soldiers wounded in an incident in the Sarobi district of Kabul province, about 50 kilometres from the Afghan capital.
In a statement released Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said the soldiers were killed "during a joint reconnaissance mission with the Afghan national army."
French soldiers are based in
French Defence Minister Hervé Morin said the wounded French soldiers were in stable condition and that some would be flown back to
Sarkozy, accompanied by Morin, is due to arrive in
"My determination is intact,” said the presidential statement released Tuesday. “
In a phone interview with
The clashes began Monday night with an attack on an ISAF patrol in Sarobi, according to Afghan military officials.
“Combating insurgents in
According to an Afghan defence ministry spokesman, 13 rebels including a Pakistani national had also been killed in the clashes in Sarobi.
Deadliest incident for
Tuesday’s incident was the deadliest for the French army since a 1983 bombing in
In Kapisa, a province northwest of
Sarobi, where the incident occurred, lies along the road that links
The ambush in Sarobi came at the same time as an attempted suicide attack on a US base in eastern Afghanistan was thwarted, according to Afghan officials.
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