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American Troops in Afghanistan Through the Eyes of a French Infantryman

The US often hears echoes of worldwide hostility against the application of its foreign policy, but seldom are they reached by the voices of those who experience first hand how close we are to the USA. In spite of contextual political differences and conflicting interests that generate friction, we do share the same fundamental values - and when push comes to shove that is what really counts. Through the eyes of that French OMLT (Operational Mentoring Liaison Teams) infantryman you can see how strong the bond is on the ground. In contrast with the Americans, the French soldiers don’t seem to write much online - or maybe the proportion is the same but we just have less people deployed. Whatever the reason, this is a rare and moving testimony which is why I decided to translate it into English, so that American people can catch a glimpse of the way European soldiers see them. Not much hi

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Added: Jan-17-2009 Occurred On: Jan-17-2009
By: marinemom
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Tags: afghanistan, france, soldiers,
Location: Kabol, Kabol, Afghanistan (load item map)
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  • It's funny how Iranian military lovers all like to talk about how great Persia was A LONG time ago but then they forget that France at one had the greatest land army in the world. That it was the French that helped defeat Corwallis in the America's revolution, and it was the French that held the left flank during the largest tank battle in Gulf War I, also who is talking badly about the ability of the French to command and train troops when they have a group of all foreigners that are some of th More..

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  • Honestly very touching and awe inspiring. I also have little doubt that American soldiers would have similar kind words for many foreign regiments.

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  • As an American with a rich French heritage it only confirms my believe that soldiers among us are truly the noble and hardest working of our societies. They are protectors, doctors, builders, simple yet work out the most complex of situations, they are truly great figures who endure that which most could not and some make a priority to devalue.

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  • God bless the French. Thank you for fighting alongside us. We respect your courage and your strength.

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  • Great allies.

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  • Good read. The French get a bad rap, especially as far as Afghanistan goes.

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  • good post

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  • Excellent Post!!

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  • In the end during hard times no matter what.... goodness, values, righteousness and Freedom prevail. Nothing more. This is why the United States is the most loved country by our allies and most hated by our enemies.

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  • original source

    http://omlt3-kdk3.over-blog.com/article-22935665.html


    google translation of introduction page

    http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fomlt3-kdk3.over-blog.com%2Farticle-22935665.html&sl=fr&tl=en

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  • there is nothing wrong with the French Miltary,their Politians suck but I like Sarcozy so I will give him a chance,when my eldest was in Helmand US fast air saved him and his mates on more than one occasion,we are in this together against the most vile enemy we have faced since Hitler,we must not falter,I hope Obama is as good as his word and gets the job done in Afghanistan and Pakistan

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    • I imagine your one of the few brits I wont hear running his mouth about friendly fire casualties :) You need to get your countrymen in line though.

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    • dont be fooled by what you see in the MSM about my fellow Countrymen and women,just like I dont believe that all Americans are like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid,we are both currently ill served by our Masters,it will not always be so

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  • Yall guys have been fighting for freedom against terrorism for years now, you deserve our most thanksfull respects. Now I wish we could pay you back for your sacrifices. Fighting along your side is the least we can do, and even this is a pride.

    May god bless you all.

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  • HOOAH!
    gotta love the brits..aussies...and the french ofcourse!..dont worry canada ..youre in here too!

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  • Very cool post :)

    He was speaking of the 101st...

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    • The link to this article was given to me by another LLer named KantiKotal. I should have given the credit at the top of the article. My bad.

      Yes, it sure sounds like he's talking about the 101st.

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  • Great read. Thanks.

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  • Great read MM. Excellent and uplifting. Having lived in Europe for 8 years and knowing them as I do,speaking many of thier languages, I believe this article 100%.

    I'm glad this young French Soldier wrote this. I will keep it handy for the trolls amongst us here on liveleak. Some of them seemed to have already showed up, commenting here as always... All of them as usual forgot to flush when they left.

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    • A LLer named KantiKotal gave me the link. This is one of the most uplifting things I've seen in a long time.

      As I read his description of American soldiers, I was going "yup", "yup", "wow, he nailed it".

      LOL - I hope that French soldier gets to hang out with some U.S. Marines out there and then writes another article. (my bias showing.....)

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  • great post, great sentiment.

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  • The word "promiscuity" was crossed out by the writer/translator.

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  • great article, bout time

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  • Great post. Sometimes it is good to be reminded that America still commands respect after the bush years. I can't wait until America is loved again and I can travel and get the respect I used to get as an American abroad.

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    • A great read would be to click on the link to the article and then pull down to the comments - 191 of them! Read through about 20 of them, and you'll see.

      ;-)

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  • wow...didnt expect pro america.... these days thats rare. and to the soldiers this man is writing about... thank you.

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  • sounds good is it real?

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  • Awesome post. God bless every soldier that's fighting and risking all against the terrorist zealots.

    Come home safe!

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  • America FUCK YEAH!

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