French screw up, AGAIN
France plays down Taliban capture of anti-tank missiles
ANNECY: France played down the capture by Taliban of two French anti-tank missiles seized after a major attack was launched on hundreds of its troops in Afghanistan on Friday.
Defence Minister Herve Morin said that western forces in Afghanistan had to abandon weapons in the field and that the main concern had been to get the troops out of last Saturday's ambush alive.
"It was an ambush in a narrow valley, with a lot of Taliban," said Morin as he visited an army unit in the eastern town of Annecy that was about to send some of its soldiers to Afghanistan.
"The essential thing is that everyone is alive," he said, adding that the abandoned Milan anti-tank missiles would be difficult to use for anyone without the proper training. ( YES I'M SURE INSTRUCTIONS ARE NOT ON THE INTERNET,ONLY 31 COUNTRIES HAVE THIS WEAOPN. G)
Fourteen Taliban were killed in the clash, according to NATO's International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
The ambush took place in the Alasai valley north of the capital Kabul, near where 10 French soldiers were killed in another Taliban ambush in mid-August.
( THE FRENCH DIDN'T THINK THE TALIBAN WOULD DARE AMBUSH THEM AGAIN IN THE SAME PLACE TWICE.G)
The French army waited until Thursday to publicly announce the incident.
It said that around 300 French troops were attacked by about 100 Taliban and had to retreat after fierce fighting. Air cover was called in to help them get out of the ambush, said Lieutenant Colonel Bruno Louisfert, a French army spokesman in Afghanistan.
( THE FRENCH RECON TEAMS, MISSED THE 100 TALIBAN WAITING FOR THEM, THE FRENCH SAID THEY WERE HIDING AND THE FRENCH COULDN'T SEE THEM.G. )
( AND THEY RETREATED THEY DON'T LIKE TO ENGAGE UNLESS THEY HAVE 3 TO 1 FORCE Superiority, OHH THEY DID? G )
He said a missile launcher was also abandoned along with the two Milan portable medium-range guided missiles. afp
( WHY TAKE THE LAUNCHER OR DESTROY THE MISSILES, OR EVEN ORDER AIR COVER TO DESTROY THEM, FRENCH CLAIM THEY FORGOT THEY LEFT THEM BEHIND TILL AFTER THE BATTLE.G. )
Why would France be concerned about two Milan anti-tank missiles , when they are providing nuclear reactors to the Middle East?
That has already cost them 30 nuke techs, they are not worried about nuclear
reactors why get excited about Milan missiles?
They didn't say which war head was on missiles:
The later MILAN models have tandem HEAT warheads. This was done to keep pace with developments in Soviet armour technology. Soviet tanks began to appear with explosive reactive armour, which could defeat earlier ATGMs. The precursor HEAT warhead penetrates and detonates the ERA tiles, paving the way for the main charge to penetrate the armour behind.
only 31 nations have and use this weaopn including Turkey and Iran, so its not likely they will figure out where the trigger is on the line of site weapons,
We hav e it on good authority the Taliban are SORRY, and will be sending the anti-tank missiles back to the French, dumb asses.