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12 janvier 2012 4 12 /01 /janvier /2012 08:50

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11/01/12 7sur7.be ( belga)

La Belgique a toujours l'intention de réduire sensiblement sa présence militaire en Afghanistan en 2012 et de terminer son retrait "au plus tard" en 2014 - à l'image des autres pays occidentaux -, a affirmé mercredi le ministre de la Défense, Pieter De Crem.

L'armée poursuivra ses missions en cours à Kunduz (nord de l'Afghanistan) et Kandahar (sud), respectivement pour la formation de l'armée nationale afghane (ANA) et pour mener des opérations aériennes avec six chasseurs-bombardiers F-16, a-t-il dit présentant sa note de politique générale en commission de la défense de la Chambre.

Selon M. De Crem (CD&V), la principale réduction portera sur l'aéroport international de Kaboul (KAIA), dont les troupes belges - actuellement quelque 325 militaires - assurent la protection depuis 2003.

"Cette mission de surveillance sera terminée dans le courant de 2012 en concertation avec nos partenaires internationaux", a-t-il ajouté, citant la date du 31 juillet.

Il restera ensuite quelque 95 militaires belges à Kaboul, dans des quartiers généraux internationaux, au sein d'une cellule nationale de renseignements, comme instructeurs dans diverses écoles de l'armée afghane et au sein d'un détachement de protection de l'ambassade de Belgique en Afghanistan, a précisé le ministre en rappelant la décision prise le 1er juillet par le précédent gouvernement.

M. De Crem a indiqué qu'il allait s'attacher à fixer, "en pleine coopération avec nos partenaires de l'Otan, de l'Union européenne et des Nations Unies, une stratégie et un calendrier" pour le retrait des troupes belges d'Afghanistan au plus tard en 2014.

Lors du sommet de Lisbonne fin 2010, les dirigeants des pays de l'Otan ont entériné la décision de transférer l'intégralité de la responsabilité de la sécurité dans le pays aux forces afghanes à la fin 2014.

M. De Crem n'a toutefois pas exclu le maintien d'une présence militaire au delà de cette date "pour soutenir la reconstruction civile".

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12 janvier 2012 4 12 /01 /janvier /2012 08:40

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MOSCOU, 11 janvier - RIA Novosti

 

La Russie aura livré les 21 hélicoptères Mi-17V5 destinés à l'Afghanistan avant juillet prochain, a annoncé mercredi le Service fédéral russe pour la coopération militaire et technique (FSVTS).

 

"Nous livrerons les 12 hélicoptères Mi-17V5 restants et les équipements nécessaires avant la fin du premier semestre de 2012", a indiqué le service dans un communiqué.

 

La Russie doit livrer 21 hélicoptères de transport militaire Mi-17V5 à l'armée afghane, conformément au contrat d'un montant de 367,5 millions de dollars signé en mai 2011 avec le ministère américain de la Défense.

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11 janvier 2012 3 11 /01 /janvier /2012 18:30

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MOSCOW, January 11 (RIA Novosti)

 

Russia will fulfill a contract to deliver 21 helicopters to Afghanistan in the first half of the year, the Federal Military-Technical Cooperation Service said on Wednesday.

 

Last May, the United States signed a $367.5 million contract with Russia to buy 21 Mi-17V5 military transport helicopters for the Afghan army.

 

By December 30, 2011, nine helicopters were delivered to Afghanistan. They are currently being assembly and tested for flightworthiness.

 

“The remaining 12 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and related equipment will be delivered during the first half of 2012,” the service said.

 

The Mi-17 is an export version of the Mi-8 Hip helicopter. It features powerful turboshaft engines and can transport up to 35 people.

 

The Mi-17V5 version is equipped with a loading ramp instead of the clam-shell doors, an additional door and a new "dolphin nose".

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11 janvier 2012 3 11 /01 /janvier /2012 00:20
Afghanistan : formation sur le T62 à l’école des blindés

10/01/2012 Sources : EMA


Le 21 décembre 2011, l’Ecole afghane des blindés (Armour Branch School ou ABS) a organisé une séance de tirs d’évaluation sur char T-62 au profit des cadres du kandak (bataillon afghan) blindé de la 2ème brigade de la 111ème division afghane.

Afghanistan : formation sur le T62 à l’école des blindés

Cette séance, effectuée en présence du général commandant la 111ème division, sur le champ de tir de Pol-e-Charki, situé à proximité de Kaboul, avait pour but de valider les acquis des cadres militaires afghans.

Afghanistan : formation sur le T62 à l’école des blindés

En effet, préalablement à cette séance, durant tout le mois de décembre 2011, 16 cadres du kandak blindé avaient pu bénéficier d’un stage de remise à niveau. Planifiée et conduite par des instructeurs français et roumains, cette formation a permis aux afghans de se familiariser à l’ensemble des fonctions occupées à bord du véhicule blindé : pilote, chargeur, tireur et chef de char.

Afghanistan : formation sur le T62 à l’école des blindés

Le kandak blindé afghan, stationné à Pol-e-Charki, a pour mission de constituer une force de réaction rapide blindée au profit des forces qui assurent la sécurité de la ville de Kaboul.

Afghanistan : formation sur le T62 à l’école des blindés

Aujourd’hui, l’Ecole des blindés afghane accueille près de 150 stagiaires afghans qui sont formés par près de soixante militaires français et roumains. A terme, cette école devrait compter plus de 300 stagiaires. En effet, en 2012, des instructeurs français, roumains et américains formeront, au cours de stages de trois mois, les militaires de plusieurs nouveaux kandaks blindés, qui seront équipés de véhicules blindés neufs, les MSFV (Mobile Strike Force Vehicule ).

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10 janvier 2012 2 10 /01 /janvier /2012 17:50

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Jan. 10, 2012 By Craig Hoyle – Flight Global

UK operations with the General Atomics Aeronautical Systems Reaper remotely piloted air system have taken on increased importance in Afghanistan, with the Royal Air Force routinely using the type for offensive tasks.

The RAF's Reapers flew more than 1,200 missions last year, according to an operational update issued by the service on 31 December. Assigned to its 39 Sqn and flown from Kandahar airfield, the aircraft supplied a combined 11,000h of full motion video footage during 2011, it added.

Five deployed air vehicles provide about 300h of video coverage per week, with their contribution supplying an important part of the UK's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability in Afghanistan. They also carry a weapons load comprising four Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire air-to-surface missiles and two Raytheon GBU-12 Paveway II 226kg (498lb) precision-guided bombs.

The total number of weapons used in November 2011 represented a new high for the RAF's Reaper force, and was "greater than the cumulative total for the first five months of the year", according to the service. Twelve strikes were conducted within a two-week period during the month, with targets having included insurgents who were firing on allied forces and others who were spotted while placing improvised explosive devices.

Other categories of target mentioned in updates since last September include fast-moving ground vehicles, insurgents hiding along tree lines and near civilians, others attacked while testing home-made explosives, plus weapons caches. Seven insurgents were killed by a single Hellfire missile during one attack, the air force said.

RAF use of the Reaper will increase during 2012, with the service due to take delivery of a second batch of six air vehicles to support operations in Afghanistan.

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10 janvier 2012 2 10 /01 /janvier /2012 13:10

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January 10th, 2012 By Air Force News Agency (Air Forces Central Public Affairs.) – DEFENCE TALK

In 2011, mobility Airmen delivering airdrops reached a new annual record with 75,956,235 pounds of cargo delivered. That's nearly 16 million more pounds delivered than the previous record set in 2010 of 60,400,000.

At more than 75.9 million pounds - that's the equivalent of standing on a mountain top and watching 553 Army M1 Abrams tanks -- or even 11,868 Chevrolet Silverado trucks -- floating down from the sky with parachutes to a landing zone.

The record number, as recorded by Air Forces Central's Combined Air Operations Center at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia, is also larger than the total number of pounds delivered in Afghanistan by airdrop from 2006 to 2009 which combined is 60,525,969 pounds.

On average mobility Airmen airdropped 6,329,686 pounds of cargo each month in 2011. Mobility Airmen completing the airdrops flew C-130 Hercules and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft from various deployed bases. They also completed the airdrops in various forms - from the the use of the traditional Container Delivery System, or CDS, bundles to the Joint Precision Airdrop System, or JPADS.

In November 2011, one U.S. Army discussed the importance of airdrops and how good they are getting after receiving a JPADS airdrop at Combat Outpost Herrera.

"I was real skeptical (of JPADS) at first," said Army Capt. Brandon Kimbrel, COP Herrera commander, in a Nov. 27 report by Staff Sgt. David Salanitri and Senior Airman Patrick McKenna of U.S. Air Forces Central Public Affairs in Southwest Asia. "After the drop, I was real impressed. We didn't see or hear the 'bird' at all. All of a sudden, we looked up and saw parachutes above us."

In the same AFCENT Public Affairs report, Army Staff Sgt. Denton Poe, 1st platoon sergeant at COP Herrera, said airdrops are vital.

"We're surrounded by mountains -- the snow sets in. The helicopter passes are impassible by helicopter and the roads could be clogged up," Poe said in the report. "Utilizing airdrops with the GPS-guided parachutes allows us that avenue to use in case we can't get resupplied by helicopters or vehicles by the road, which is a typical case come winter here."

Perfecting the use of airdrops for combat resupply as well as for humanitarian purposes continues to grow in the Air Force. In July 2011, Air Mobility Command led an international communication effort by holding the first International Airdrop Symposium at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

According to Maj. Patrick Linson, symposium chairperson from St. Joseph, Mo., where he serves as a combat tactics instructor in the Advanced Airlift Tactics Training Center, or AATTC, the symposium was important "to build international partnerships in the airdrop and airlift communities."

The goal of the organizers, Linson said, was to have participating international partners share their ideas and techniques. For the Air Force, the lessons learned from Afghanistan airdrops were particularly important.

"Sharing these techniques was naturally beneficial to all involved," Linson added.

Numbers aside, the most important factor behind the high number of airdrops may be the possible lives saved by keeping convoys off the road in the remote, land-locked areas of Afghanistan and the future potential for Air Force airdrop operations.

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9 janvier 2012 1 09 /01 /janvier /2012 17:35

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An Afghan National Army soldier from the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Team demonstrates his IED detection skills - Picture: Sergeant Steve Blake RLC, MOD 2011

9 Jan 12 UK MoD - A Military Operations news article

The Afghan National Army's (ANA's) newly-formed Counter-Improvised Explosive Device (C-IED) Team recently demonstrated their proficiency in front of the ANA's 3/215 Brigade Commander, General Sherin Shah, and Task Force Helmand Commander, Brigadier Patrick Sanders.

The demonstration was also watched by the Commanding Officers of the UK's Engineering Group and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Search Task Force who have been mentoring the Afghan team.

The ANA's C-IED Team has been built up from bare foundations in just a few years.

There are now highly-trained C-IED operators and instruction in C-IED awareness for Afghan warriors during their initial training.

In recognition of how far they have come in such a short time, members of the ANA were presented with ISAF certificates of commendation by General Sherin Shah.

Captain Nathan Blencowe, Royal Engineers, is the British officer mentoring the ANA C-IED Team. He said:

    "Having successfully completed months of technical Explosive Ordnance Disposal [EOD] training at the Engineering School in Mazar-e Sharif, northern Afghanistan, the bravest and most competent soldiers are assigned to the most challenging and busiest area of operations, namely Helmand province.
    "The highly skilled and courageous EOD operators from 3/215 Brigade have been honing their techniques alongside their ISAF counterparts for the last couple of months and are now eager to deploy on their first independent operation after much hard work."

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An Afghan National Army soldier from the Counter-Improvised Explosive Device Team demonstrates his IED detection skills - Picture: Sergeant Steve Blake RLC, MOD 2011

Lieutenant Colonel Jason Rhodes, the Commanding Officer of Task Force Helmand's EOD and Search Task Force, said the event had demonstrated the progress being made by Afghan forces. He added:

    "Sadly, the insurgents' employment of IEDs is now commonplace; but we are developing a new breed of Afghan bomb disposal heroes to join the fight over the coming months, and their progress is highly encouraging.
    "We very much hope to accelerate the selection and deepen the development of these police officer and warrior volunteers who are keen to get on with the task and serve the community. Proud, determined and courageous, it is an honour and a privilege to serve alongside them."

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7 janvier 2012 6 07 /01 /janvier /2012 09:05

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06/01/2012 Sources : EMA

 

Le 2 janvier 2012, plus de 40 soldats du Battle Group Tiger  ont conduit une mission de surveillance et d’appui au profit des militaires afghans du kandak  (bataillon afghan) 31, qui effectuaient une patrouille sur le pont de Tagab en direction de Shekut.

 

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Installés sur les hauteurs de la Koh-E-Sofi, les soldats français étaient en mesure de renseigner et d’appuyer par le feu l’armée nationale afghane (ANA).

 

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Depuis les opérations Hunting Spear  menées par l’armée nationale afghane du 16 au 30 décembre 2011, les soldats du kandak  31 ont reçu pour mission de contrôler le terrain en vallée de Tagab. Les patrouilles se multiplient et les militaires afghans assoient leur crédibilité auprès des habitants de la vallée. Ils consolident ainsi la présence du gouvernement dans cette province sensible.

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7 janvier 2012 6 07 /01 /janvier /2012 08:50

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A Royal Navy Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control

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6 Jan 12 UK MoD - A Military Operations news article

 

RAF, Royal Navy and Army Air Corps personnel conducted numerous missions across southern Afghanistan from 18-31 December 2011. Here follows an operational update.

 

Air Mobility and Lift

 

In the last two weeks of December the VC10s of 101 Squadron successfully completed all of their planned missions, delivering 130 tonnes of fuel to coalition aircraft. The majority of this fuel was delivered to the Tornado GR4s of 12 (Bomber) Squadron, with the remainder going to French and Italian aircraft.

 

The last few days of 2011 were an intense period in which fuel was primarily delivered to F-18s of the US Navy. This was critical to ensuring that coalition air power delivered armed overwatch and 'shows of force' or close air support to troops on the ground across Afghanistan.

 

Intelligence and Situational Awareness

 

The 39 Squadron Reaper detachment, operating from Kandahar Airfield, continued to provide the detailed imagery and intelligence crucial to ground commanders and delivered over 300 hours of full motion video (FMV) during the period.

 

This rounds off what has been a particularly busy year for the Reaper Remotely Piloted Air System, which has flown more than 1,200 missions in the skies over Afghanistan. Not only has Reaper delivered key successes against insurgents through kinetic strikes it has also delivered over 11,000 hours of FMV in total which has been critical to the continued success on the ground as we move towards transition.

 

The Sentinel R1 aircraft of 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron continued to support operations in Afghanistan, primarily across Regional Command (South West). The majority of the activity was to provide pattern of life data in support of a number of disparate operations led by the US Marines of Task Force Leatherneck and UK ground forces operating as part of Task Force Helmand.

 

The Sentinel's Ground Moving Target Indicator function continues to be highly sought after, with no let up in the Christmas and New Year period resulting in over 90 hours being flown.

 

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A Sentinel R1 aircraft of 5 (Army Cooperation) Squadron in Afghanistan - Picture: MOD 2011

 

The Royal Navy's Sea King Airborne Surveillance and Control (SKASaC) helicopters, operating as part of 903 Expeditionary Air Wing (EAW) at Camp Bastion, had a very successful final two weeks of 2011, flying more than 60 operational hours.

 

One of the key successes resulted in the detention of an insurgent along with a sizeable quantity of heroin. The continued development of tactics and procedures has seen the SKASaCs integrate into any force package and become a key element within a layered Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance ethos.

 

The Tornado GR4s of 12 (Bomber) Squadron, operating from 904 EAW at Kandahar, were exceptionally busy in the run up to Christmas and the New Year.

 

The outstanding all-weather capabilities of the GR4 were particularly important, with 12 Squadron covering extended periods of Ground Alert Close Air Support. During this time they were launched on four occasions to provide armed support to troops on the ground which had been engaged by insurgents and armed overwatch to a number of other ground-based activities.

 

Additionally, the crew of a GR4 displayed great tactical patience to engage a vehicle carrying homemade explosives. Their exceptional airmanship in difficult conditions ensured a successful kinetic strike was carried out.

 

In the final week of 2011 the GR4s carried out three 'shows of force' in support of coalition ground forces. The first was in support of US troops who had observed two insurgents on motorbikes preparing for an attack in Paktika province. The second was again in support of US troops west of Kandahar, where it was used to disrupt potential insurgent activity. The final show of force was requested by Italian troops to support a convoy. All of these shows of force successfully deterred or disrupted enemy action.

 

Additionally, the squadron undertook seven reconnaissance missions, collecting data on more than 1,600 points of interest which proved essential in the support of ground commanders.

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5 janvier 2012 4 05 /01 /janvier /2012 18:35

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January 4, 2012 By Jeff Davis, Postmedia News

 

The CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft of Canadian Forces' 463 Squadron arrives at Canadian Forces Base Trenton November 30, 2011. The aircraft and crew of Task Force Canuck marked the end of deployment in Afghanistan with a round the world journey that began from their departure from Kandahar. Task Force Canuck formally ceased operations in Afghanistan on November 16.

 

The CC-130J Super Hercules aircraft of Canadian Forces' 463 Squadron arrives at Canadian Forces Base Trenton November 30, 2011. The aircraft and crew of Task Force Canuck marked the end of deployment in Afghanistan with a round the world journey that began from their departure from Kandahar. Task Force Canuck formally ceased operations in Afghanistan on November 16.

Photograph by: Fred Thornhill, Reuters

 

Hundreds of cargo containers of Canadian war supplies are stranded in volatile southern Afghanistan, thanks to an ongoing Pakistani blockade of routes exiting the landlocked country.

 

And with Pakistani officials preparing to impose steep tariffs on all NATO shipments transiting the country, the cost of Canada's withdrawal from Afghanistan could increase by more than a half million dollars.

 

The Canadian Forces are trying to bring home thousands of tonnes of war equipment used during the nearly 10-year combat mission. Packed into some 446 sea containers, most of this cargo is currently stored at an undisclosed location in Afghanistan.

 

High priority items — such as all armoured vehicles and ammunition — have already been flown out of Afghanistan on Canada's giant CC-177 Globemaster transport aircraft.

 

Nevertheless, much of the army's gear remains stuck in Afghanistan, Lt.-Col. John Nethercott told Postmedia News. He said the remaining items are "low priority in nature," and include tools, tents, forklifts, barbed wire and engineering equipment.

 

The Department of National Defence has granted a contract to move the containers from Afghanistan to Pakistan to A.J. Maritime, a Montreal-based freight forwarding firm.

 

It is believed the remaining 446 containers were supposed to exit Afghanistan's southeastern border post at Spin Boldak, then cross the deserts of Balochistan to the port of Karachi. Once at the port, the containers would be loaded onto ships for the sail home to Canada.

 

But Imran Ali, Pakistan's deputy consul general in Toronto, told Postmedia News Wednesday that the Afghan-Pakistan border is shut tight for now.

 

"No containers are passing as of today," he said. "There is a total sealing of the border."

 

Ali said this problem began when United States forces bombed two Pakistani border posts in late November, leaving 24 soldiers dead and 13 wounded. After a day of frenzied meetings about the "unprovoked attack," Pakistani officials announced they would take steps to disrupt NATO supply lines in and out of the Afghan theatre.

 

"The (Defence Committee of Cabinet) has decided to close with immediate effect the NATO/ISAF logistics supply lines," said a Nov. 26 statement by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry.

 

Following the closure of the border, Pakistan began a comprehensive policy review of its relations with NATO. Ali said the national security committee of the Pakistani parliament is "in the final stages of drawing out a policy" that will be published within three to four days.

 

Ali said Pakistan is considering levying a tax on all NATO containers passing through the country, and that officials have discussed a $1,500 U.S. charge per shipping container.

 

"Customs officials, along with foreign policy officials in Pakistan, are discussing the amount of levy to enforce," Ali said.

 

Such a tariff, applied to 446 containers, would cost Canada some $660,000 U.S..

 

With Iran to the west, China to the east and the volatile and landlocked Central Asian republics to the north, there are few safe exit routes from Afghanistan.

 

If Pakistan keeps the border closed for long, Nethercott said, Canada could start shopping around for alternative routes.

 

"Significant delays will potentially require re-evaluation of how the (Canadian Forces) will repatriate the remaining materiel back to Canada in an effective and cost-efficient manner," he wrote in an email.

 

An undisclosed number of Canada's low-priority containers completed the journey to Karachi before the border was closed. There have been reports of severe congestion at the port there, and that more than 3,600 military vehicles and 1,700 sea containers are stranded at dockside.

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4 janvier 2012 3 04 /01 /janvier /2012 13:55

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04 January 2012 - by Tony Osborne - shephardmedia.com

 

Lockheed Martin's unmanned K-MAX aerial resupply system is now conducting routine operations in Afghanistan, it has been disclosed.

 

The aircraft is being operated by a detachment of US Marine Corp personnel from UAV Squadron 1 based at Camp Dwyer near Garmsir.

 

The unit completed its first unmanned cargo delivery in a combat zone using a helicopter in Afghanistan on 17 December.

 

'We delivered cargo today that was supposed to be delivered by convoy. Now that convoy has three pallets that it does not have to carry,' said Major Kyle O’Connor, the officer-in-charge of the detachment.

 

The UAV moved about 3,500 pounds of food and supplies to troops at Combat Outpost Payne. The UAV, an unmanned variant of the K-MAX utility helicopter, completed the delivery in about an hour and a half.

 

'It is a milestone, certainly. We have delivered a lot of loads in the States during training, testing and evaluation,' said Steven Athanas, a representative from Lockheed Martin. 'Now that we have integrated it into the battlespace, we have gone from what you think can happen -- to what can happen.

 

'This is a demonstration phase to test the true capabilities of this aircraft and how well it can perform its job in a combat environment,' said O’Connor. 'With every flight in theatre we are collecting data, and at the end of the day we are going to look at all of that data and decide whether or not to make it a programme of record.

 

'During this phase we will be making some adjustments to make it easier to use, but mostly I think the biggest adjustments will be seeing how many different ways we can use the unmanned aerial system,' said Athanas.

 

At the end of a six month assessment in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps will have the option to fully implement the platform.

 

In the meantime, the US Army is preparing to deploy three Boeing A-160 Hummingbirds fitted with the ARGUS wide-area surveillance sensor suite. According to US Army officials, the systems will be in theatre for a year not only to deliver a 'Quick Reaction Capability' but also to develop a formal program of record approach.

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4 janvier 2012 3 04 /01 /janvier /2012 13:50

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Two Air Portable Fuel Containers Mk 5 are attached to a helicopter for transport

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4 Jan 12 UK MoD - An Equipment and Logistics news article

 

Giant sacks, specially designed to transport fuel by air to the front line, have been delivered to troops in Afghanistan.

 

The Air Portable Fuel Containers Mk 5 are enormous rubber balls which enable essential fuel supplies to be delivered by air to more remote areas of operations.

 

The balloon-like containers, which hold up to two tonnes of fuel each, also contain the polymer Kevlar, a flexible plastic commonly used in body armour, to keep the contents protected from enemy fire.

 

Measuring 4.5 feet (1.37m) in diameter when full, the Mk 5 containers can be easily transported in a sling under a helicopter or in the back of a transport aircraft. The Kevlar protection means they can also be parachuted into locations or dropped from heights of up to 25 feet (7.62m).

 

It means that personnel stationed at forward operating bases or check points - who rely on fuel to power the generators which provide them with heat, light, medical facilities and communications equipment - do not have to wait as long as they would for the vital supplies to be transported by road.

 

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Two Air Portable Fuel Containers Mk 5 are lifted by a helicopter

Picture: MOD 2011

 

Flight Lieutenant John Harrison, Tactical Supply Wing Detachment commander at Camp Bastion, Helmand province, said:

 

    "The Mk 5's give the TSW great flexibility and are a key enabler in delivering battlefield helicopters with essential fuel whilst operating at or near front line operations.

    "They are extremely robust and have the capability to be airlifted full of fuel and deposited wherever they are needed, usually in extremely austere locations.

    "This allows the battlefield helicopter to extend its reach from Camp Bastion and spend longer at the front line to deliver valuable support to ground troops. They are relatively maintenance-free and easy to operate, making them an essential bit of equipment."

 

 

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A pair of the new Kevlar-reinforced Air Portable Fuel Containers Mk 5

Picture: MOD 2011

 

Richard Holloway, Battlefield Utilities Project Team Leader for MOD's Defence Equipment and Support, which secured the delivery of the containers, said:

 

    "These containers provide an effective, safe and quick means of delivering fuel to the front line, ensuring essential support to operations."

 

Designed and built in the UK, the containers have been bought under a £2m, five-year agreement with GKN Aerospace, based in Portsmouth.

 

Phil Swash, President and CEO, Aerostructures Europe, GKN Aerospace, said:

 

    "The real contribution this equipment makes to the effective functioning of our troops working in remote and forward bases is something this team and the whole site is extremely proud of."

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4 janvier 2012 3 04 /01 /janvier /2012 13:25

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January 4, 2012: STRATEGY PAGE

 

The U.S. Department of Defense has bought, upgraded and delivered over a hundred Russian Mi-17 helicopters to Iraq and Afghanistan. The Russian choppers have Western electronics installed and are often rebuilt to make them more reliable and durable.

 

As a result of these efforts, in early 2010 Iraqi commandos conducted their first air assault using their own Mi-17 helicopters. For several years, Iraqi troops had conducted air assaults using American operated helicopters. But in that time, their air force has been building a large fleet of helicopters, especially Mi-17s. By 2010, Iraqi helicopter crews reached the point where they are able to handle the combat assaults themselves. So far, Iraq has ordered over 80 Russian Mi-17 helicopters. Most are currently in use for transporting supplies and troops. But 26 are equipped with more sensors and electronics for use by Iraqi commandos.

 

Iraq and Afghanistan like Mi-17s because they are familiar, and cheap. The cost of these Mi-17s varies widely. Some second hand ones from Eastern Europe nations cost less than a million dollars each. Iraq has obtained 22 Mi-17 helicopters from Russia for about $3.7 million each. At one point the U.S. bought 24 refurbished Mi-17s for Iraq, at a cost of $4.4 million each. The most expensive purchase was for 22 Mi-17s equipped for night operations, and with American electronics. These cost nearly $15 million each.

 

The Iraqis and Afghans both prefer the Mi-17, as both nations have used Russian helicopters for decades. The Mi-17 is the export version of the Mi-8, a twin-engine helicopter, roughly equivalent to the U.S. UH-1. But the Mi-8/17 is still in production and is the most widely exported (2,800 out of 12,000 made) helicopter on the planet.

 

The Mi-8 is about twice the size and weight of the UH-1, but only hauls about 50 percent more cargo. However, the Mi-8 had a larger interior, and can carry 24 troops, versus a dozen in the UH-1. The UH-1 was replaced by the UH-60 in the 1980s, while the Mi-8 just kept adding better engines and electronics to the basic Mi-8 frame. The 10 ton UH-60 could carry as much as the 12 ton Mi-8. But the Mi-8 costs about half as much as a UH-60, and the larger interior is popular with many users. Russia also offers lower rates for training pilots and mechanics. Russia is keen on establishing good relations with Iraq, which has been a good customer in the past. The Iraqis have fond memories of the Russians, and their military equipment. It was Russia that supplied most of the weapons for Iraq during the 1980s war with Iran.

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January 4th, 2012 DEFENCE TALK (AFP)

 

The US Army faces a logistics nightmare in the repatriation of military equipment worth more than $30 billion from Afghanistan, a senior official said Tuesday.

 

"I can always wish that Afghanistan was a coastline country and had a great port and that would be very easy but... it's not," the official told a press conference.

 

"Afghanistan is not Iraq (from which the US military withdrew in December). It does not have the same structures, the same access to sea ports."

 

But he said the US is exploring several other "multimodal solutions", including transporting the equipment by plane to a big port.

 

"It's much more cost effective than flying things all the way back to the US or to Europe."

 

The US official, who requested anonymity, said several dozen vehicles worth more than $30 billion needed to be repatriated.

 

"We can't wait (until) the summer of 2014 to be successful in getting everything out of here. We have to start now."

 

The NATO-led alliance, which has had forces in Afghanistan since a US-led invasion toppled the Taliban from power in 2001, started to withdraw its combat troops last year, with final retreat scheduled for 2014.

 

The withdrawal has been further complicated by strained ties with Pakistan over a deadly NATO air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November.

 

"We are exploring ground options. We will continue to work with Pakistanis, to see if we can improve relations," said the official.

 

Senior Pakistani military and government officials say they are reviewing future cooperation with the US as relations flounder between the shaky allies in the wake of the November strike.

 

NATO said Monday it wants to get relations with Pakistan back on track "as quickly as possible" to reopen its key supply route for foreign troops fighting in Afghanistan.

 

An official at Pakistan's southern port of Karachi earlier said that NATO military vehicles and supplies were piling up at the docks, with truck drivers unable to drive them to the northwestern border to cross into Afghanistan.

 

Afghanistan's Taliban-led insurgency has intensified in recent years, with an increase in incidents of roadside bomb attacks and suicide explosions.

 

At least 12 people were killed and 28 others injured in three bomb attacks in the southern Afghan city of Kandahar on Tuesday, a police commander said.

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02 Jan 2012 By Thomas Harding, Defence Correspondent – The Telegraph

 

The SAS is targetting Taliban insurgents and Afghan smugglers in the Helmand desert using Royal Navy technology designed to hunt down Soviet submarines, it can be disclosed.

 

The Daily Telegraph has been allowed access to operations along supply routes that involve radar technology traditionally used to spot periscopes breaking the surface and missiles skimming across wave tops.

 

Using a sack-like device with which helicopters carry the radar equipment, the Sea King airborne surveillance and control (Skasac) can spot camel trains, pickup trucks and insurgents on foot dozens of miles away.

 

The Navy observers guide SAS troops across the desert to Taliban targets. In one operation, special forces intercepted a Toyota pickup truck that had heroin worth £6.45 million hidden in a false bottom. In another, troopers performed a pincer interception on a speeding Taliban vehicle, killing four insurgents.

 

"We stop drugs and money going out and troops and guns coming in," said Lt-Cdr Kevin Drodge, senior pilot of 854 Naval Air Squadron. "We think of the desert as the sea and we are back in our own environment. We strangle the insurgency lifelines, dramatically reducing their re-supply capability and crippling their efforts on the front line."

 

By tracking pickup trucks and camel trains, the Navy team of three Sea King helicopters and 43 servicemen, including engineers and analysts, have produced a map made up of millions of dots that shows the highways across the desert. The lines show 12 main routes, most going to Pakistan but at least four heading into Iran.

 

In their main role of helping special forces intercept the Taliban, the Navy crew are given a rough location and description of a target then guide SAS troops in off-road vehicles to intercept.

 

They can also call in US Marines helicopters to land in front of the SAS vehicles and set up a vehicle block.

 

"At times in the back the guys can get pretty excited when they are in the final stages of guiding in the ground assault force for the interception," said one of the Navy analysts. "The SAS lads can get pretty excited when they are close."

 

In one operation the SAS detained two insurgents who were experts in improvised explosive devices and were found with bombing equipment.

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03.01.2012 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

L'Eurocorps va rejoindre le commandement de la Force internationale d'assistance à la sécurité (Ifas) à Kaboul, à compter du 12 janvier 2012. Une cérémonie officielle de départ se tiendra le 4 janvier au quartier Aubert de Vincelles, siège de l'état-major du corps européen. Un premier contingent de 150 hommes prendra ensuite la route de Kaboul pour une durée de six mois; il sera remplacé en juillet 2012 par un second contingent.

 

Le général français Olivier de Bavinchove, commandant du Corps européen, est déjà sur place depuis début novembre. Il sert actuellement comme chef d'état-major de la Force internationale d'assistance à la sécurité.

 

Les troupes seront réparties au sein de deux structures de commandement : l'International Joint Command, et le NTM-A, la mission de l'Otan qui supervise l'entraînement des troupes afghanes.

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DUSHANBE, January 1 (RIA Novosti)

 

French armed forces will stay in Afghanistan after withdrawal of coalition troops in 2014, France's Defense Minister Gerard Longuet said on Sunday.

 

Longuet told his Tajik counterpart Sherali Khairullaev that the two countries would widen its cooperation in security improvement at the Tajik-Afghan board.

 

France's airpower forces unit is being based in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe since 2001 to provide services for coalition armed forces in Afghanistan.

 

The unit included 250 troopers and six Dassault Rafale jet fighters till 2008 when the fighters were redeployed to Kunduz region in northern Afghanistan. Current number of French troopers in Dushanbe equals to 100.

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31.12.2011 par P. CHAPLEAU Lignes de Défense

 

Le ministre français de la Défense, Gérard Longuet, est arrivé samedi matin à Kaboul pour une visite de deux jours auprès des forces françaises en Afghanistan à l'occasion des fêtes de fin d'année. Au cours de sa visite, Gérard Longuet doit notamment s'entretenir ce samedi avec le président afghan, Hamid Karzaï, avec le ministre afghan de la Défense, le général Abdul Rahim Wardak, et avec le général John Allen, qui commande la force internationale en Afghanistan (Isaf).

 

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Gérard Longuet est arrivé en Afghanistan deux jours après la mort des deux légionnaires français, tués jeudi par un soldat de l'Armée nationale afghane (ANA) en Kapisa où sont déployées les troupes françaises de la brigade La Fayette. A son arrivée à l'aéroport de Kaboul, il a assisté (photo ci-dessus) à la cérémonie de levée des corps des deux sous-officiers avant leur rapatriement vers la France.

 

Gérard Longuet se rendra ensuite sur plusieurs positions des forces françaises et réveillonnera ce samedi soir avec des militaires.

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LONDRES, 30 décembre - RIA Novosti

 

Les militaires américains ont présenté un nouveau drone hélicoptère, doté de puissantes caméras permettant d'obtenir des images de 1,8 gigapixel de résolution, a annoncé vendredi la British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

 

Les trois premiers appareils, dénommés A160 Hummingbird, devraient être utilisés pour la reconnaissance en Afghanistan.

 

L'avantage principal de ces nouveaux appareils, par rapport à ceux équipant aujourd'hui l'armée américaine, réside dans leur capacité de décoller et d'atterrir verticalement. En outre, le drone peut s'immobiliser afin d'obtenir des images très détaillées.

 

La BBC rapporte qu'après des vols d'essais effectués en Arizona début 2012, les drones seront envoyés en Afghanistan.

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29.12.2011 Source: xinhua

 

Le ministre pakistanais de la Défense, Chaudhry Ahmad Mukhtar, a déclaré mardi que les convois destinés aux troupes de l'OTAN en Afghanistan ne pourront plus passer la frontière gratuitement.

 

Le Pakistan a suspendu les livraisons destinées aux 150 000 soldats étrangers en Afghanistan le 27 novembre, un jour après que les avions de combat et hélicoptères de l'OTAN ont attaqué deux postes pakistanais et tué 24 soldats.

 

Le Pakistan a accordé des facilités d'accès routiers gratuits aux troupes de l'OTAN et maintenant le gouvernement envisage d'imposer des taxes sur les marchandises.

 

Les officiels ont déclaré que les camions et pétroliers de l'OTAN ont endommagé les routes menant aux points de frontière et c'est pourquoi le gouvernement envisage maintenant de lever des taxes.

 

Le ministre de la Défense a souligné que les routes pakistanaises avaient été détruites par la circulation des véhicules lourds qui transportent les marchandises de l'OTAN.

 

"Nous construirons nos routes et infrastructures avec l'argent que nous prendrons à l'OTAN", a-t-il expliqué aux journalistes dans le district de Larkana, dans la province de Sind. Il a ajouté que si les Etats-Unis étaient les amis des Pakistanais, ils prendraient soin des intérêts d'Islamabad.

 

"Nous devrions faire payer à l'OTAN les réparations de nos routes", a-t-il déclaré.

 

M. Mukhtar a affirmé que le Pakistan voulait entretenir de bonnes relations avec les Etats-Unis, ajoutant que le Pakistan continuerait la guerre contre le terrorisme, même après le départ des Etats-Unis de l'Afghanistan.

 

Le Premier ministre Yousouf Reza Gilani a quant à lui déclaré que le Comité parlementaire du pays sur la sécurité nationale a été désigné pour prendre une décision sur les convois de l'OTAN.

 

Le Comité a déjà demandé son avis aux Finances, à la Défense et aux Affaires étrangères sur les accords écrits avec l'OTAN et les Etats-Unis.

 

D'après le rapport, le comité a été informé du rapport d'enquête du Pentagone sur les attaques de l'OTAN contre les postes militaires pakistanais, qui ont tué plus d'une vingtaine de soldats pakistanais.

 

Le comité s'est réuni à la Chambre du parlement pour discuter de la situation générée par l'attaque du 26 novembre par l'OTAN contre des postes militaires dans la région tribale de Mohmand, à la frontière avec l'Afghanistan.

 

Une enquête de l'armée américaine a révélé qu'il a fallu aux officiers de l'OTAN environ 90 minutes pour informer un haut commandant des appels du Pakistan comme quoi ses avant-postes étaient attaqués, soulignant un manque de mesures appropriées pour éviter les erreurs transfrontalières mortelles comme les frappes aériennes du mois dernier qui ont tué 24 soldats pakistanais.

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Le 04 janvier 2012, une cérémonie aura lieu en fin de matinée au quartier Aubert de Vincelles, à l’occasion du départ de la 1re rotation de l’Eurocorps en Afghanistan.

 

Elle sera présidée par le général de division Walter Spindler, adjoint du général commandant l’Eurocorps, en présence de nombreuses autorités civiles et militaires de différentes nations.

 

M. Arnaud Danjean, président de la sous-commission sécurité et défense du Parlement européen, M. Aziz Meliani, vice-président de la CUS, et M. Robert Herrmann, représentant M. Roland Ries, seront notamment présents.

 

Dans les jours qui suivront, environ 150 militaires s’envoleront en effet pour Kaboul. Ils y retrouveront le général de corps d’armée Olivier de Bavinchove, commandant l’Eurocorps et actuellement chef d’état-major de la Force internationale d’assistance à la sécurité (FIAS).

 

Pour la plupart, ils intègreront l’International Joint Command (IJC, ou, en français, « état-major international interarmées »), responsable de la conduite des opérations. Ils œuvreront aux côtés de camarades américains du 5e Corps US et espagnols du Corps de réaction rapide espagnol.

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21 December 2011 eurocorps.org

 

Le 04 janvier 2012, une cérémonie aura lieu en fin de matinée au quartier Aubert de Vincelles, à l’occasion du départ de la 1re rotation de l’Eurocorps en Afghanistan.

 

Elle sera présidée par le général de division Walter Spindler, adjoint du général commandant l’Eurocorps, en présence de nombreuses autorités civiles et militaires de différentes nations.

 

M. Arnaud Danjean, président de la sous-commission sécurité et défense du Parlement européen, M. Aziz Meliani, vice-président de la CUS, et M. Robert Herrmann, représentant M. Roland Ries, seront notamment présents.

 

Dans les jours qui suivront, environ 150 militaires s’envoleront en effet pour Kaboul. Ils y retrouveront le général de corps d’armée Olivier de Bavinchove, commandant l’Eurocorps et actuellement chef d’état-major de la Force internationale d’assistance à la sécurité (FIAS).

 

Pour la plupart, ils intègreront l’International Joint Command (IJC, ou, en français, « état-major international interarmées »), responsable de la conduite des opérations. Ils œuvreront aux côtés de camarades américains du 5e Corps US et espagnols du Corps de réaction rapide espagnol.

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December 29, 2011: STRATEGY PAGE

 

On December 17th, a U.S. Marine Corps K-Max helicopter UAV in Afghanistan made its first combat supply delivery, bringing 1.5 tons of food and other items to a combat outpost. The mission took 90 minutes. Two K-Max helicopters arrived in Afghanistan last November and will remain until May.

 

The marines began looking for a cargo carrying helicopter UAV in 2009, and quickly determined that K-Max was the best candidate for further development and testing. The two K-Max UAVs in Afghanistan are there as a final test of how useful the vehicle is in a combat zone. An unmanned cargo helicopter risks fewer lives and is cheaper to operate. It can also be used in extremely hazardous missions.

 

The K-Max UAV was originally designed as a single seat helicopter that could carry sling loads of 2.8 tons (6,000 pounds) at sea level, or two tons (4,300 pounds) at 4,800 meters (15,000 feet). The 5.5 ton K-Max has a cruise speed of 185 kilometers an hour and can stay in the air for 2.6 hours per sortie. One of the most attractive features of the K-Max is the amount of automation in the aircraft. The flight control software can be programmed where to take, and drop, a cargo, and then return and land automatically. The operator can intervene at any time, but most of the time the operator just monitors vidcams attached to the K-Max to ensure nothing goes wrong.

 

In 2010 the U.S. Army conducted tests using a K-Max to deliver supplies via parachute. This involved using the army low altitude parachute, which can drop loads of 36 kg (80 pounds) to 273 kg (600 pounds) at heights of 48-100 meters. The K-Max had a special rig that could carry and release four different payloads, and demonstrated its ability to drop each one at a different location. The low altitude drops are more accurate than higher altitude ones, and useful where the troops getting the stuff are on hilly ground that has few good helicopter landing zones. The army is also testing K-Max dropping loads from higher altitudes, using GPS guided parachutes. The army and marines are planning to have their helicopter UAVs to drop supplies via parachute to troops in isolated areas. If the army makes this work, the marines will use these delivery techniques as well.

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29/12/2011 Sources : EMA

 

Le 22 décembre 2011, une cérémonie de fin de formation des commandos de l’armée nationale afghane (ANA) s’est tenue sur le base opérationnelles avancée (FOB) Morehead, au sud de Kaboul.

 

Cette cérémonie marquait également la fin de la mission d’instruction pour le détachement des forces spéciales françaises, engagées depuis 2007 dans la formation des commandos de l’ANA.

 

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Créée en mai 2007, l’Afghan Commando School  (ACS) comptait à ses débuts une vingtaine d’instructeurs français. Aux côtés de leurs homologues américains et afghans, ils ont assuré la formation des militaires afghans destinés aux kandaks  (bataillons) commandos de l’ANA et autres unités spécialisées. En août 2010, tous les kandaks  commandos destinés aux corps d’armée de l’ANA avaient été formés et constitués, puis les forces spéciales françaises ont été chargées de former les forces spéciales de l’ANA jusqu’à fin 2011.

 

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D’une durée de deux à quatre mois, les formations dispensées comprenaient l’apprentissage de l’ensemble des savoir-faire spécifiques aux unités de type commando (combat en localité et en milieu clos, embuscade, tir à longue, moyenne ou courte distance, transmissions et premiers soins).

 

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Dès 2007, les instructeurs français ont également formé des formateurs aptes à prendre leur relève au sein d’une école devenue autonome.

 

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Depuis la création de l’ACS en mai 2007, 8000 stagiaires y ont été formés.

 

Au moment du retrait des instructeurs français, neuf kandaks  commandos et plusieurs unités de forces spéciales afghanes sont opérationnelles.

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29/12/2011 Par lefigaro.fr

 

Selon l'Elysée, les deux sous-officiers ont été délibérément tués par un soldat afghan. L'Otan évoque seulement «un homme vêtu d'un uniforme de l'armée afghane».

 

Deux légionnaires français ont perdu la vie, jeudi en Afghanistan, dans la province de Kapisa, au nord-est de Kaboul. Pour l'Otan, les deux soldats ont été tués par «un homme vêtu d'un uniforme de l'armée afghane». De son côté, l'Elysée dénonce directement «le tir délibéré d'un soldat afghan».

 

La prudence de l'Otan vis-à-vis de l'identité du tireur peut s'expliquer par la présence de nombreux rebelles talibans dans la région de Kapisa. Il n'est donc pas exclu que ce soit l'un d'entre eux, déguisé en soldat, qui soit responsable de la mort des deux soldats français.

 

Le décès des deux légionnaires du 2e régiment étranger de génie de Saint-Christol (Vaucluse) porte à 78 le nombre de soldats français tués en Afghanistan depuis fin 2001. L'Elysée indique dans un communiqué que les deux hommes ont été abattus au cours d'une mission d'appui menée au profit de l'Armée nationale afghane en vallé de Tagab.

 

Pas de remise en cause de la mission française

 

Après avoir présenté ses condoléances aux familles des deux soldats, le président de la République a de nouveau exprimé «la détermination de la France à continuer d'œuvrer au sein de la Force internationale d'assistance à la sécurité pour rétablir paix et stabilité dans ce pays et contribuer à son développement».

 

Dans un communiqué séparé, François Fillon a «salué solennellement le courage, le dévouement et le professionnalisme sans faille de nos militaires agissant aux côtés de leurs camarades afghans». Le ministre de la Défense, Gérard Longuet, a, quant à lui, réaffirmé «les liens de confiance qui existent entre les soldats français et afghans et la volonté de la France de participer au développement de l'Armée nationale afghane».

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