October 28th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

French troops may begin withdrawing next year

France and some other NATO nations may begin to withdraw some troops from Afghanistan next year - but the move is not tied to a threat issued against the country supposedly by Osama bin Laden, the country's defense minister said Thursday.  FULL STORY

Filed under: Daily Developments • NATO • Troops
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  1. Dan in Lafayette, IN

    Not altogether good news. The French need to withdraw all their troops and try to get other NATO countries to do the same as have absolutely no business there in the first place. They need to let the Iranians,Russians,the Vietnamese and the Chinese start to rebuild that country as soon as possible. The sooner,the better.

    October 28, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chairman Mao Zedong

      That's right, first afghanistan then pakistan then iran then the world will be mine.

      October 28, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
      • USMC Forever

        Isn't that more the the way the Americans think,Phunnie boy? It's the US along with it's NATO allies who are currently endeavoring to take over Central Asia,not China! Besides,Mao Zedong was a great man in his day.

        October 28, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
      • Chairman Mao Zedong

        Don't forget the Russians. With the expertise of my Chinese miners Afghanistan will be a wealthy country (after i get my cut)

        October 30, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      The US will never let any out side Country take over Afghanistan!!! The World has to much invested in it with Money and Lives of Our People...

      November 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
      • SAM

        USA is an outside country in Afghanistan. So are all the nato countries. Why China helping Afghanistan is a problem?

        November 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Andrew Lubin

    Not good news. I've been out with th French; they can fight!

    October 28, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Onesmallvoice

      But they do have a moral obligation to vacate Afghanistan and need to try to persuade it's allies to do the same.

      October 28, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
      • Daniel-2

        Perhaps they will withdraw if you give up wearing the hijab.

        October 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryKegel(US Army)

      Why do You think They are leaving... During WWII They just surrendered to Germany without fighting!!!

      November 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
      • 327th

        Well Har-har....look who's still eating Freedom Fries! Over 92,000 French troops were KIA in only six weeks of May-June 1940. What do you think would happen here in the US if we lost over 92,000 KIAs in only six weeks? Open a book sometimes, it might help.

        November 1, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Prophet Mohammed

      That's good they can fight becuase they sure as hell can't build anything over here.

      November 2, 2010 at 4:21 am | Report abuse |