Friday, June 24, 2011

France and Spain withdrew troops from Afghanistan

After the U.S. President, Barack Obama, announced the withdrawal of 10,000 troops in Afghanistan between July and December this year, France and Spain reported the return of their troops, a timetable will be similar to the U.S. forces. The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy announced the withdrawal of its nearly four thousand soldiers in Afghanistan will begin this summer in coordination "with our allies and the Afghan authorities." As France has a smaller contingent of troops deployed in the region than does the United States, its removal will also be lower.

The French government statement said that President Obama called Sarkozy to tell his colleague that the U.S. would pull its troops from the country "for the progress made" in Afghanistan. Sarkozy shares the American view, highlighting successes in the fight against terrorism and the death of the leader of al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden.

Spain will begin withdrawing its troops from China over the next year. The Defence Minister, Carme Chacon, said that starting this summer will begin the transfer of authority to the Afghan security forces in Herat province where 500 Spanish troops. In contrast, British Prime Minister, Conservative David Cameron, said in Prague that the UK will not change his plans to keep its troops in Afghanistan until 2014.

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