Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Kapisa is finished: the last French troops left this morning Nijrab

The French army left on Tuesday morning, the Kapisa province of Afghanistan last she fought. This departure is part of the accelerated withdrawal of the country.

The last 400 French soldiers deployed in the volatile province north-east of the Afghan capital began at 10am local time (5:30 GMT) from the convoy Nijrab FOB, the last base occupied by the French in Kapisa yet to Kabul, after a farewell ceremony on site,

Kapisa is the area where France lost more soldiers. More than 60% (54 of 88) of French soldiers killed in the country since 2001 have died in this region.

Of some 2,200 French soldiers in Afghanistan today, approximately 700, the last "combat forces" will return to their barracks in France by the end of the year.
In 2013, it will remain as 1500 French soldiers in Afghanistan. A thousand of them organize the repatriation of French vehicles and containers from Afghanistan before leaving in turn by "the summer of 2013," according to Lt. Col. William Leroy, spokesman of the Army French.

This week, the TF La Fayette will be dissolved, symbolic step the French withdrawal. It was created on 1 November 2009.

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