Georgia to send more troops to Afghanistan

December 21st, 2011 - 5:09 am ICT by IANS  

Tbilisi, Dec 21 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Georgia’s parliament has voted in favour of a plan to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The initiative by President Mikheil Saakashvili was backed by 103 votes out of 150 seats in parliament.

Georgia joined the international US-led coalition fighting the Afghan insurgency in August 2009.

More than 900 Georgian troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan, including some 750 in the Helmand province and 175 in Kabul.

Ten Georgian soldiers have been killed since joining ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

All international combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with security to be passed to Afghan police and army.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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