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December 18, 2006


Of course they are.

France to withdraw 200 special forces
France is to withdraw its 200-strong special forces from Afghanistan, (all of its ground troops engaged in the U.S. antiterror operation there**) a contingent engaged in the U.S. anti-terror operation there, authorities announced yesterday.

The decision to pull the elite troops, based in the southeastern city of Jalalabad, comes as the Taliban militia gain strength despite the strong engagement -- about 32,800 troops -- in NATO's International Security Assistance Force, which includes Canadian troops. France has balked at sending its 1,100-strong NATO contingent outside the relatively safe Afghan capital, Kabul.

"Elite troops" who wouldn't leave the 'safe' capital and now are buggering out completely, since the bad guys are, like, getting badder.

That's how they keep those fashion forward "elite" uniforms looking so spiffy.

Posted by tree hugging sister at December 18, 2006 09:30 AM


Maybe the French can hold a moving sale, to help with the demob costs. A sign for that might read: "French rifles for sale! Thrown down only once, and never fired!"

Posted by: The_Real_JeffS at December 18, 2006 09:42 AM

The French fly once again...

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 18, 2006 09:58 AM

Their Special Forces are going to the Special Olympics.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at December 18, 2006 09:58 AM

Quite understandable, really. They can't find anyone to surrender to.

Posted by: Graham at December 18, 2006 07:58 PM

The french won't help us drive the Taliban out of Afghanistan? They wouldn't even help us drive Hitler out of france!

Going to war without the french is like... WWII!

Posted by: JoeS at December 18, 2006 10:11 PM

Not to be mistaken for the Canadian French. The Vandoo Batalion has kicked plenty of Taliban Ass.

Posted by: Paul at December 20, 2006 05:06 PM

A warm Swill welcome, Paul! As a matter of fact, we heard an NPR report about the Canadians in Afghanistan a week or so ago. It said precisely why you did, while also pointing out that there is no recruiting shortage in Canada. They have so many volunteers who want to join HOPING to go to the Middle East that they're turning people away!

Posted by: tree hugging sister at December 20, 2006 05:26 PM

Pooh. 'WHAT' you did.

Preview is my friend.

Posted by: tree hugging sister at December 20, 2006 05:26 PM