A French peacekeeper patrols a Kabul market

Eurocorps Steps Out
The European Union has long talked about creating its own rapid reaction force that could be quickly dispatched to the world's hot spots. That still doesn't exist, but last week Eurocorps — a defense force created in 1992 and made up of soldiers from Germany, France, Spain, Belgium and Luxembourg — assumed command of the 6,500 NATO troops in Afghanistan, the organization's first such deployment outside Europe. "I think there's a great deal of expectation for the E.U. to be here within a NATO operation," says French Lieutenant General Jean-Louis Py, Eurocorps' commander in...

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