French Defense Minister in Afghanistan After Troops Killed

Posted June 10th, 2012 at 5:00 pm (UTC-5)
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France's Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian arrived in Afghanistan Sunday, one day after a Taliban attack killed four French NATO troops and wounded five others.

Details of Drian's program in Afghanistan have not been released but he is expected to address French troops and meet Afghan government officials in Kabul.

On Saturday, French troops responding to a tip that a bomb had been planted under a bridge in eastern Kapisa province were attacked by a suicide bomber disguised as a woman, who walked up to the soldiers and blew himself up.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.

On Sunday, NATO said one of its service members died in an insurgent attack in southern Afghanistan. It did not identify the nationality of the soldier killed.

Last month, newly elected French President Francois Hollande announced France will pull out 2,000 combat troops by the end of 2012 – well ahead of NATO's 2014 withdrawal target.

France's remaining 1,400 troops will help Afghan forces with training and logistics. The country also has 150 police in Afghanistan.