Afghan attack on French troops

More bad news from that other, forgotten war.

Published August 19, 2008 7:30PM (EDT)

The BBC reports on a surprise attack by Taliban fighters that killed 10 French troops and wounded 21 more. Some context:

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has announced he will travel to Kabul to assure troops of his support.

The deaths come amid warnings that insurgents are closing in on the capital city.

The loss of life is thought to be the heaviest suffered by the French military since 58 paratroopers were killed in Beirut in 1983.

Even more context here, courtesy of Brandon Friedman of Vet Voice. While John McCain is busy with offering flashy "Gates of Hell" pledges about bringing Osama bin Laden to justice, Afghanistan is getting out of control -- again.

By Thomas Schaller

Thomas F. Schaller is professor of political science at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and the author of "Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South." Follow him @schaller67.

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