5 French soldiers die in attack in Afghanistan


PARIS (AP) — The office of French President Nicolas Sarkozy says five French soldiers and one Afghan civilian have been killed in a bombing in Afghanistan’s eastern Kapisa province. Four other French soldiers and three other Afghan civilians were seriously injured in Wednesday’s attack, Sarkozy’s office said in a statement. The French troops had been guarding a meeting of local leaders in the village of Joybar when a terrorist detonated a bomb nearby. A day earlier, Sarkozy announced the pullout by the end of next year of a quarter of the 4,000 French troops taking part in the NATO-led operation in Afghanistan during a surprise visit to Afghanistan. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back…

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Afghan civilian war deaths hit record level: UN

KABUL – The first half of this year was the deadliest six months for civilians in Afghanistan since the decade-old war began, the country’s UN mission said on Thursday. Civilian deaths hit a record high, up 15 percent on the first half of 2010, due to roadside and suicide bombings, […]