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Taliban threaten France with attacks: video

world Updated: Nov 18, 2008 08:45 IST

A Taliban military leader threatened to carry out attacks in Paris unless French troops are pulled out of Afghanistan, in a video broadcast on Al-Arabiya television.

The video, which the Dubai-based TV station did not say how it obtained or when it was filmed, also claimed responsibility for an operation in August in which 10 French soldiers were killed.

The video broadcast on Monday shows a Taliban military leader, identified as Faruq, saying in comments dubbed into Arabic that the French can await their response in Paris if French troops are not withdrawn from Afghanistan.

He also claimed Taliban responsibility for an August 18 attack around 60 kilometres south of Kabul in which 10 French soldiers were killed and 21 wounded.

The attack was widely attributed to the Taliban at the time, and the French media published photographs of Taliban wearing uniforms from troops killed in the clash.

France currently has around 2,600 soldiers deployed in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force as well as the US-led Operation Enduring Freedom.