August 23rd, 2010
12:21 PM ET

2 French troops killed

Two French troops were killed Monday during an operation south of Tagab, Afghanistan, French President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said in a statement.

The two - an officer and a soldier assigned to the 21st Marine Infantry Regiment - died from gunshot wounds, the statement said. Three other French troops were injured early in the operation Sunday evening, Sarkozy's office said.

More: Home and Away: Casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq

Sarkozy offers condolences to the troops' families and loved ones, and wishes the wounded troops a speedy recovery, the statement said. France reaffirms its support for the Afghan people and authorities and is determined to continue working in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, according to the statement.

The deaths bring to 47 the number of French troops who have died in Afghanistan since 2001.

In January, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told CNN that France would not send any more combat troops to Afghanistan, reinforcing his country's opposition to joining the U.S.-led surge in troops. At the time, France had about 3,500 troops in Afghanistan.

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  1. Девочка

    Я никак не смогла вставить рисунок в коментарий. Вставляю ссылку на рисунок а он не показывает его как рисунок. Что мне делатЬ?
    Фотки беру отсюда –

    February 18, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  2. Аварии

    Спасибо за материалы! 🙂

    December 5, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dindy Sri lanka

    Hope this brutal war will end soon so these precious children can live in their mother lands peacefully. How brave are they to go to another land to fight against terrorists. I cant imagine

    August 24, 2010 at 4:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Larry Valecia, Calif.US Army Forever...

      Are you talking about NATO forces? If so,they're there to promote the hidden agenda of the right-wing thugs in Washington.Anyone can be "brave" as long as one has all the odds in their favor!!!

      August 24, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Larry,vous avez bien raison!!!

        August 24, 2010 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |
      • Eric

        Talking to your self again Daniel-2? and in schoolboy french too that is really sad...

        August 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. French soldier also died

    French-bashers of America and AQ are prabably celebrating this as we speak.

    August 23, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daniel-2

      Vraiment?Est-ce que vous croyez ce que vous venez de declarer?Ces morts-ci,importent-elles a Sarkozy? Je n'en crois pas.Je soupconne que Nickolas Sarkozy s'en fout!!!

      August 23, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
      • Bledsoe

        Smart move,Daniel. Now Phunnie boy won't have the sense it takes to decipher what you just said.

        August 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
      • Dan in Lafayette,IN

        I'd like to blog here in German,but it might offend the French so I won't do it out of respect for them.

        August 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
      • French soldier also died

        @ Daniel – You're an idiot. As typical of those on the far Left, you will claim these two lives as nothing more than points simply to score against Sarkozy, so do not pretend that you care either. Do you think your heroine Segolene would have cared? No.

        August 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
      • TRUCide

        Votre remarque est complètement idiote et témoigne de la réussite de la diabolisation du président par la presse française ( comme le FN ). C'est un être humain et un français, il a conscience de la mort de ses compatriotes et il voit la peine que cela cause aux proches. En tant que chef des armées, il doit surement ressentir le poids de ces morts dont il est responsable. Il a même fait en sorte d'améliorer l'équipement de nos soldats qui faisait cruellement défaut ainsi que du matériel lourd ( hélicoptère de combat Tigre , Caesar etc... ) pour qu'ils aient un meilleur soutien au combat. Ça ne ressemble pas à quelqu'un qui s'en fout.
        Je tiens à préciser que je suis français et que je n'apprécie pas Sarkozy.
        Condoléances aux familles et courage aux soldats français en opération en Afghanistan et en Afrique ainsi que pour nos alliés.

        Your comment is completely idiot and reflects the success of the demonization of the President by the French press (like Front National). He's a human and a Frenchmen, he is aware of the death of his compatriots and he sees the pain it causes to families. As army chief, he must surely feel the weight of the dead which he's responsible. He even made sure to upgrade the equipment of our soldiers was badly needed as well as heavy machinery (Tiger combat helicopter, Caesar ... etc.) so they have better combat support. It does not look like someone who not cares.
        I want to say that I'm French and I do not like Sarkozy.
        Condolences to the families and courage to the French soldiers operating in Afghanistan and Africa and for our allies.

        August 25, 2010 at 2:57 am | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Terminons cette affreuse guerre tout de suite en lieu d'en parler.C'est ce je veux dire et oublions le victoire militaire!!!

        August 25, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Gary Johndro

    Oh,this is not good.Two more people dead helping us to build our glorious Asian empire.

    August 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |