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France To Send 1600 More Soldiers To Lebanon

From those enablers of terrorism at Reuters:

France pledges 1,600 more troops for Lebanon

By Alaa Shahine

Thu Aug 24, 6:02 PM ET

BEIRUT (Reuters) – France said on Thursday it was ready to send an extra 1,600 troops to bolster a revamped U.N. force for Lebanon, bringing the total French contingent to 2,000 and making it easier to recruit other nations.

France initially offered only to double its force in Lebanon to 400, disappointing many U.N. diplomats who had expected Paris to provide the backbone of the mission.

However, President Jacques Chirac said France decided to dispatch many more troops after winning U.N. assurances that the troops would be able to defend themselves fully if they came under attack and could use force to protect civilians.

"Two thousand French troops will thus be placed under the United Nations in Lebanon. France is ready, if the United Nations wishes, to continue commanding this force," Chirac said in a televised address.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said France's General Alain Pellegrini would indeed continue to lead the UNIFIL force in south Lebanon, with the secretary-general's strong support…

What a relief!

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