Monday, August 18, 2008

French Marine Para, Julien Le Pahun, killed in fierce gun battle

Corporal Julien Le Pahun, 19, was one of ten French soldiers killed during a Taliban ambush 50 kilometers east of the Afghan capital, Kabul. A further 21 were wounded in the fight, which lasted through the night and into the following day.

He joined his current unit, the 8th Marine Parachute Regiment, in June 2007 and was part of the latest rotation of French troops to arrive in Afghanistan in July 2008. He is survived by three brothers and sisters.

Corporal Julien Le Pahun
 Eleven of the 21 French soldiers also wounded in the clashes were flown to France and taken to hospitals in the Paris region.

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