French Troops Head to Afghanistan

Will train local forces to fend off Taliban
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 7, 2008 8:00 AM CDT
French President Nicolas Sarkozy delivers a speech laying out plans to make France's armed forces leaner, smarter, more high-tech.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
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(Newser) – Hundreds of French troops have been deployed to train local infantry battalions in southern Afghanistan to help them fend off Taliban fighters, according to NATO officials. The deployment was one of the largest ground military convoys in the area in years, and came in response to NATO commanders' repeated requests for help in the area.