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France honors the fallen in Afghanistan

ROUGH CUT. (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Story: Four dead soldiers received military honors in Afghanistan after a rogue Afghan soldier opened fire on them, killing them and wounding about 15 others. The killings in the Taghab valley of Afghanistan's eastern Kapisa province were the latest in a series of incidents in which Afghan troops have turned on Western allies. French President Nicolas Sarkozy said all French operations on the ground were being suspended and his defense minister was dispatched to Afghanistan to clarify the situation. Gerard Longuet paid respect to the four soldiers at a ceremony in the Afghan capital Kabul. France has almost 4,000 troops in Afghanistan as part of the 130,000-strong NATO-led force there. French troops mainly patrol Kapisa, a mountainous province near Kabul. They are due to leave by around the end of 2013.

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