Sarkozy says troops must stay in Afghanistan

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Orly/ Kabul, Aug 21, 2008: An emotional President Sarkozy insisted on Wednesday, Aug 20 that there would be no French wobble over Afghanistan, urging troops in Kabul to fight with fresh resolve after the loss of ten comrades.

Ten soldiers were killed in a major battle that erupted when Taliban insurgents ambushed a French patrol in Afghan capital on Monday, Aug 18. In a short visit, Sarkozy first paid his respects to the dead soldiers. Despite the deaths, Sarkozy said French troops must stay in Afghanistan to fight terrorism.

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