Nicolas Sarkozy said today the international community must prevent Afghanistan from falling back under extremist rule, the BBC reports. The French president made a quick visit to Kabul to reaffirm his support for the US-led operation, saying France would commit more troops in the near future. France currently has about 1,300 troops in Afghanistan, mostly around Kabul.
"Here there is a war against terrorism, against fanaticism, that we cannot and must not lose," he said. "That is why it is important that we help with the emergence of an Afghan state that is legitimate, democratic and modern." Washington, although appreciative of Sarkozy’s enthusiasm, has urged France to redeploy its troops to the contested southern and eastern areas that have seen the Taliban resurgence.