Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Albanian Troops to Stay on in Afghanistan

Foreign Minister Edmond Hoxhinasto has confirmed that Albanian troops will stay in Afghanistan beyond their planned withdrawal in 2014.

Besar Likmeta
ISAF Military Convoy in Afghanistan | Photo by : Vernell Hall

Haxhinsto made the pledge to keep Albanian troops in the field at an international conference on Afghanistan in Bonn, Germany.

“Likewise, we will continue to offer practical support so that the Afghan authorities can take full responsibility for the security of their country,” he added.

Albania's contribution to the international security force in Afghanistan currently consists of 333 soldiers including a combat platoon serving in three locations.

Albanian troops were also involved in the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and soldiers from the country stayed on to support the mission until December 2009.

In Iraq, Albania maintained a non-combat contingent of 200 personnel, stationed at Mosul Airport.

Along with Croatia, Albania joined NATO at the Strasbourg summit in April 2009.

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