Very good article and truly interesting trip you took there ... Just to bring some precisons, we have among the most restrictive ROE in Afghanistan, therefore you were not in danger of being shot by a French airplane or Milan missile while having your talk on the hill. Many in the army are begging to have these rules changed as we are often restricted to engage insurgents if they hide inside civilian buildings or in mosqs. It is a truly difficult war to win, especially if you want at the same time putting down the insurgency and winning the hearts and minds ... I can tell you this is not an easy war for the French troops that receive very little support at home as memories from the Algerian war are still very strong.
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