About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 20:48 - 26 Aug.'16
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
MPs Approve Sending More Troops to Afghanistan
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 20 Dec.'11 / 18:22

A July, 2011 report from NATO’s web TV channel about Georgian troops serving in Musa Qala in north of the Helmand province.

The Parliament approved on Tuesday President Saakashvili’s request to send one additional infantry battalion to Afghanistan on top of 936 Georgian soldiers who already serve as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

As a result, after sending one more battalion – that is 749 soldiers – Georgia will become the largest non-NATO contributor to ASAF with total of 1,685 troops. Currently Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Afghan operation with 1,550 soldiers on the ground.

Georgia, whose troops operate without caveats, has lost total of ten soldiers in Afghanistan – all in the Helmand province.

Georgia’s first contribution to the Afghan operation came in 2004 when 50 soldiers were briefly deployed in the country under the German command as part of ensuring security during the presidential elections.

In November, 2009 Georgia deployed 173 soldiers in Kabul under the French command and in following year Georgia increased presence in Afghanistan by sending an infantry battalion in the Helmand province serving along with the U.S. marines.

Earlier this year Georgia also sent 11 military instructors to Kandahar under the French command.

Praising Georgia for its significant contribution to the ISAF mission, NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, said when he visited Tbilisi in November that there was no direct link between participation in the Afghan operation and the NATO membership.

“The Georgian contribution to our operation in Afghanistan also helps to improve interoperability between Georgian armed forces and NATO armed forces… But having said that I would also like to stress that there is no direct link between contributions to our operations and future membership of NATO; it is one factor, but there are many elements that have to be fulfilled before the membership can materialize,” Rasmussen said on November 9.

Latest News
26 Aug.'16 20:48
25 Parties, 7 Blocs Run in Parliamentary Elections
CEC registered 45 parties, 20 of which plan to form 7 election blocs to run on joint ticket.
25 Aug.'16 18:37
UNM Makes Ex-First Lady Number 2 on Its Party List of MP Candidates
Sandra Roelofs is also running as UNM’s majoritarian MP candidate in Zugdidi.
25 Aug.'16 17:23
Chief of Belarus Security Agency Visits Tbilisi
Agreement on cooperation between the security agencies of the two countries was signed.
25 Aug.'16 10:42
List of Majoritarian MP Candidates
Deadline of nominating majoritarian MP candidates for political parties expires on September 8.
24 Aug.'16 18:36
NATO NAC to Visit Georgia on Sept.7-8
It will be the fourth visit of ambassadors from NATO member-states to Georgia.
24 Aug.'16 15:05
PM Vows to Renew Push for Defining Marriage in Constitution After Elections
He spoke about President’s decision to block referendum on the issue at a government session.
23 Aug.'16 15:31
7 Men Sent to Pretrial Detention in Case of Alleged Foiled Attack on Gas Pipeline
All of the arrested men, but one, deny charges, which range from plotting a terrorist act to not reporting crime.
22 Aug.'16 17:17
Security Service Says ‘Terrorist Act’, Targeting Gas Pipeline, Foiled
PM Kvirikashvili said that “a huge disaster” has been prevented.
22 Aug.'16 01:12
GDDG Replaces Majoritarian MP Candidate in Khobi
MP Bukia decided to withdraw from race less than a month after he was named as a candidate.
21 Aug.'16 23:51
Georgia Finishes Rio Olympics with 7 Medals
With 2 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze medals, Georgia finished 38th in the medal table.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2016, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
54