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Afghanistan: France resumes its operations, but will withdraw in 2013 (Sarkozy)

France will resume its military operations in Afghanistan, but will withdraw its troops from that country in 2013, said President Nicolas Sarkozy at a joint press conference with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai on Friday in Paris.

According to Mr. Sarkozy, the tasks of training the Afghan army carried out by the French army will resume Saturday after being suspended for one week following the death of four French soldiers killed by an Afghan soldier.

The head of state also said that France plans to repatriate its troops by the end of 2013, one year ahead of schedule. To this end, the French command is planning to transfer to the Afghan army is responsible for security in the province of Kapisa (northeast of Kabul) from March 2012.

According to European media, the 3600 French soldiers play a vital role in the device of the NATO International Security Assistance in Afghanistan (ISAF), because they protect the access of the Afghan capital.

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