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French combat troops withdraw from Afghan war

A French soldier checks the ropes attached to the French national flag, which flies over the Afghan national flag, before the handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier checks the ropes attached to the French national flag, which flies over the Afghan national flag, before the handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as...more

A French soldier checks the ropes attached to the French national flag, which flies over the Afghan national flag, before the handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A French soldier walks between buildings at the empty forward base before a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier walks between buildings at the empty forward base before a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier walks between buildings at the empty forward base before a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012....more

A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012....more

A French soldier (L) lowers the French national flag during a handover ceremony between the French army and the ANA (Afghan National Army) at the forward operational base of Nijrab, as part of the withdrawal of French troops, November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard
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