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Eighty-Two Year Old Escapes From French Hospital, Gets Stuck In Air Vent For Hours

LA DEPECHE, SUD OUEST (France)

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METZ - What is it with French old-timers getting stuck in weird places?

On Sunday in Metz, northeastern France, an 82-year-old patient was rescued from the Sainte-Blandine hospital after trying to flee John-McLane-style via the ventilation ducts.

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"The patient, who was undergoing treatment for diabetes, managed to climb into the air duct from the rubbish disposal room," the hospital manager told Sud Ouest.

The man spent Saturday night stuck in the air vent – and was only found on Sunday morning after about 20 police and rescue personnel with dogs were called in to help with the search.

It was the second time in less than a week that he had tried to leave the hospital without permission, reports La Dépêche.

Although he was stuck for several hours in the vent, his days are not in danger. The 82-year-old man was transferred to the Metz-Thionville regional hospital – and they might want to check the screws on the room’s air vent this time.

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Smaller Allies Matter: Afghanistan Offers Hard Lessons For Ukraine's Future

Despite controversies at home, Nordic countries were heavily involved in the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. As the Ukraine war grinds on, lessons from that conflict are more relevant than ever.

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Finnish Defence Forces in Afghanistan

Johannes Jauhiainen

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HELSINKI — In May 2021, the Taliban took back power in Afghanistan after 20 years of international presence, astronomical sums of development aid and casualties on all warring sides.

As Kabul fell, a chaotic evacuation prompted comparisons to the fall of Saigon — and most of the attention was on the U.S., which had led the original war to unseat the Taliban after 9/11 and remained by far the largest foreign force on the ground. Yet, the fall of Kabul was also a tumultuous and troubling experience for a number of other smaller foreign countries who had been presented for years in Afghanistan.

In an interview at the time, Antti Kaikkonen, the Finnish Minister of Defense, tried to explain what went wrong during the evacuation.

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“Originally we anticipated that the smaller countries would withdraw before the Americans. Then it became clear that getting people to the airport had become more difficult," Kaikkonen said. "So we decided last night to bring home our last soldiers who were helping with the evacuation.”

During the 20-year-long Afghan war, the foreign troop presence included many countries:Finland committed around 2,500 soldiers,Sweden 8,000,Denmark 12,000 and Norway 9,000. And in the nearly two years since the end of the war, Finland,Belgium and theNetherlands have commissioned investigations into their engagements in Afghanistan.

As the number of fragile or failed states around the world increases, it’s important to understand how to best organize international development aid and the security of such countries. Twenty years of international engagement in Afghanistan offers valuable lessons.

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