Some 200 French troops first leave Afghanistan on Wednesday
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Some 200 French troops first leave Afghanistan on Wednesday

Kabul : Afghanistan | Oct 19, 2011 at 5:15 AM PDT
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The withdrawal plan announced in July by Nicolas Sarkozy in 1000 provides for the departure of troops by the end of 2012 and all the French troops in 2014.

Some 200 French troops first leave Afghanistan on Wednesday, as part of the early withdrawal announced in July by President Nicolas Sarkozy, which provides for the departure of 1,000 troops by the end of 2012 and all the French troops in 2014. The beginning of the withdrawal of French troops following that 4000 started by the Americans, leaders of the international coalition deployed in the country since late 2001.

The withdrawal is also involved as the summer of 2011 was particularly deadly for the French army lost 17 men between June 1 and September 17. A total of 75 French soldiers have been killed since 2001 as part of operations in Afghanistan. The French soldiers are deployed mainly in the district of Surobi (Kabul province) and in the neighboring province of Kapisa, about sixty miles north-east of the capital.

"Sas decompression"

194 soldiers, including 172 legionnaires from the 2nd Company of the 2nd Parachute Regiment abroad (REP Foreign Legion), based in Calvi (Corsica, southeast of France), were off on Wednesday the military airport in Kabul. Before joining France, they go through a "decompression chamber" of several days in Cyprus, like all French soldiers leaving the Afghan theater.

Some 200 other French soldiers leave Afghan soil "before Christmas". The timing of departure of another 600 by the end of 2012 was not specified. "In 2014, all French troops from Afghanistan will be gone, everything will be transferred to the Afghans," stated Nicolas Sarkozy on July 12 in Kabul.

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Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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