Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Over 100 Slovak soldiers set to return from Afghanistan for good this year

Slovakia may late this year withdraw 53 soldiers currently deployed as guard platoon members in the ISAF mission at Tarin Kowt base in Afghanistan plus 51 sappers serving at Kandahar air base, according to a proposal jointly submitted to today’s (Wednesday, July 18) government session by the Foreign and Defence Ministries.

Slovakia may late this year withdraw 53 soldiers currently deployed as guard platoon members in the ISAF mission at Tarin Kowt base in Afghanistan plus 51 sappers serving at Kandahar air base, according to a proposal jointly submitted to today’s (Wednesday, July 18) government session by the Foreign and Defence Ministries.

The proposal sets the withdrawal timeframe for 2013 as well, with 165 troops possibly leaving Kandahar air base by June and another 20 special troops returning to Slovakia by April. A maximum of 33 armed forces members should be sent to Afghanistan this year, the TASR newswire wrote. If the proposal is passed, overall expenditures linked to these plans should reach almost €38 million, with a further €27 million in total about to be spent within the next two years – expenses that should be covered by the Defence Ministry budget. There are around 130,000 soldiers and experts from 50 countries serving in Afghanistan at the moment, including 344 members of the Slovak Armed Forces. The proposed changes result from changes in the foreign policy goals in the given region, as well as from the outcomes of the recent NATO summit in Chicago. The intention of the coalition forces is to gradually hand over responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.

Source: TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

Top stories

In praise of concrete

It was once notorious for its drab tower blocks and urban crime, but Petržalka now epitomises modern Slovakia.

Petržalka is the epitome of communist-era architecture.

Slow down, fashion

Most people are unaware that buying too many clothes too harms the environment.

In shallow waters, experts are expendable

Mihál says that it is Sulík, the man whom his political opponents mocked for having a calculator for a brain, who “is pulling the party out of liberal waters and towards somewhere completely different”.

Richard Sulík is a man of slang.

Blog: Exploring 20th century military sites in Bratislava

It seems to be the fate of military sites and objects in Bratislava that none of them were ever used for the purposes they were built for - cavernas from WWI, bunkers from WWII, nuclear shelters or the anti-aircraft…

One nuclear shelter with a capacity for several hundred people now serves as a music club with suitable name Subclub (formerly U-club).