SLOVAK soldiers in Afghanistan have been participating in a new operation called Resolute Support, as of the beginning of this year. The operation focuses on further training for 350,000 Afghan troops and police officers, who will take over full responsibility for security in the country, the TASR newswire reported on January 5.
Up to 66 Slovak soldiers will be involved in the new mission, mainly in special forces, as medical officers or specialists in communications and information systems. Some of the soldiers will be working at the headquarters of the operation, while others will be providing logistics support and training to Afghan soldiers.
Sending the troops to Afghanistan will cost Slovakia approximately €10.4 million in 2015. This will be covered by the budget of the Defence Ministry, TASR wrote.
NATO officially ended the ISAF mission in Afghanistan on December 28, 2014. The operation began in 2001 based on a UN resolution. The international forces came under NATO command as of 2003.
The Resolute Support operation focuses mainly on training and support for the Afghan security forces (ANSF). It is considerably smaller (involving approximately 12,000 soldiers) than the ISAF mission and does not have a combat element. Its main goal is to support the creation and development of ANSF’s capabilities. It should allow the Afghan government to be able to take over full responsibility for its own security, with NATO support no longer needed, as reported by TASR.
Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports
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7. Jan 2015 at 14:00