January 5th, 2010
11:36 AM ET

French troops search house-to-house

An Afghan girl watches as French soldiers and members of the Afghan National Police search house-to-house in Jalokhel in the Kapisa province just after a brush with insurgents on Tuesday.

French commanders have mobilized hundreds of troops searching for two kidnapped French journalists and three Afghan assistants. The group went missing on December 31, 2009.

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  1. A. Smith, Oregon

    This is one of the most dangerous duty's to have in a war zone. Typically in the best of situations those in a home you just smashed the door to enter are non-combative and cooperate as the soldiers search the home, upon leaving some soldiers give the family some MRE's to eat and some money to replace their door.

    However, in the worst of situations hidden fighters in the corner of a home or booby trapped items and trip wires can swiftly turn a routine entry sweep into a deadly day for all. It is amazing how much energy these missions take out of the soldiers who must be alert to any and all possible threats over and over again as they go door to door in their attempts to free the missing journalists and their assistants. Truly commendable, however it is often futile and heartbreaking in the outcomes.

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