1 Jul 2007

PR# 2007-493

French troops participate in CIMIC projects

CAMP WAREHOUSE, Afghanistan – French troops are participating in several civil-military cooperation projects as part of Operation Shukran, in ISAF’s Regional Command Capital.

The French portion of the operation is taking place in the northern part of Kabul and aims to improve the security and trust of the local population by reinforcing the local government, said Lt. Serdar Eyiler, Regional Command Capital spokesman.

One project is in the Qareh Bagh district, where the French battle group soldiers made a donation of school supplies for students and teachers of the Dawzai school.

“Thanks to instruction and training, Afghanistan will be stronger,” said a French soldier.

The soldiers also opened a pedestrian bridge in Mian Juy district. This bridge allows students to attend school in winter and spring when the river runs high.  It also allows area residents to have easier access to a medical center next to the school.

The French soldiers also distributed athletic T-shirts and balls to two volleyball teams and two soccer teams from Qarreh Bagh district high school. The students showed their appreciation by playing a soccer game wearing their newly donated gear.

In other news, a representative of all French troops in ISAF opened a children’s leisure park in Kalakan district, Kabul province, June 27.

Col. Michel Rochelet opened the park on Bagram Road with the help of many children.  The park has swings, a seesaw, a slide and a volleyball court. Construction of the park took a month and a half.

Contact Information ISAF Public Affairs Office
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