Tuesday's withdrawal of 500 combat troops from Kapisa province is part of President Francois Hollande's pledge to accelerate the country's exit from Afghanistan. Afghan security forces will now be in charge of maintaining security in the province.
France had been the fifth-largest contributor to the NATO-led coalition. It is keeping 1,500 troops in Afghanistan to help send equipment back home and to train Afghan forces.
Eighty-eight French troops have died in Afghanistan since France joined the fighting in late 2001.
Remaining international "combat" troops are set to leave the country by the end of 2014. VoA.
The Obama Administration has signed an agreement with Afghanistan to keep Troops in Afghanistan through at least 2024 as "trainers."