French troops lead attack on Taliban

(AP) – PARIS — The French Army says about 800 French Legionnaires backed by 200 U.S. special forces and Afghan soldiers have gone on the offensive in an Afghanistan valley where the Taliban killed 10 French soldiers last year.

French military spokesman Rear Adm. Christophe Prazuck said Thursday that several American soldiers have been wounded in the operation in the Uzbin Valley east of Kabul. He said the offensive began Wednesday night.

Prazuck says the goal was to reassert control over the area.

“The goal was achieved,” he said.

France has more than 3,000 soldiers in Afghanistan. In August 2008 10 French soldiers were killed and 21 wounded in a Taliban ambush in the Uzbin Valley.

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