French Deaths in Afghanistan


The American Jewish Committee (AJC), in a letter to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, mourned the loss of the French soldiers killed this week and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. “We applaud the bravery of the French forces in Afghanistan – as we salute your principled leadership in the war against terrorism, in stalwart alliance with the United States, and your unwavering efforts to counter Islamic extremism, in Afghanistan and elsewhere,” wrote AJC President Richard J. Sideman and Executive Director David A. Harris.

AJC has a longstanding relationship with France, maintaing an office in Paris under the directorship of Valérie Hoffenberg.

The full text of the letter is below:

New York, August 21, 2008

Dear President Sarkozy,

The American Jewish Committee extends its profound condolences to you, to the French people and to the aggrieved families on the death this week of ten French soldiers in Afghanistan. We wish a quick recovery to the other twenty-one soldiers who sustained injuries in the Taliban attack.

During your visit to Afghanistan this week, you vowed that the French contingent would remain in that country despite the deadly attack, telling your troops, “The work you are doing here is vital.” We applaud the bravery of the French forces in Afghanistan – as we salute your principled leadership in the war against terrorism, in stalwart alliance with the United States, and your unwavering efforts to counter Islamic extremism, in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

We express our deep appreciation for the service and sacrifice of France’s 3,000 troops in Afghanistan. Please accept, once again, our sincere condolences for this week’s tragic losses.

With admiration and friendship, we remain,

Respectfully,

Richard J. Sideman
David A. Harris

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