France Ends Its Afghan Combat Mission

Via NATOSource:

From Joris Fioriti, AFP:  France ended its combat mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday,  withdrawing troops from a strategic province northeast of Kabul as part  of a speeded-up departure from the war-torn country.

Paris has  said all French combat soldiers will leave the country next month, two  years before allied nations contributing to the 100,000-strong  International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) led by the United States are due to depart.

Hollande sped the pace of French withdrawal by a year. “Withdrawal” is a bit of a misnomer, since 1,500 of France’s 3,600 stroing contingent will remain to pack up their comrades’ equipment – but they too will be home by the end of 2013.  There was a lot of resistance from the NATO allies, especially the US, to this French move, but Hollande stuck by his election promise.

All the signs, though, are that Hollande isn’t giving up France’s petit-Imperial ambitions. His nation intends to be more heavily involved than any other Western nation in the upcoming intervention in Mali, and has already been more hawkish on Syria than most.

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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