Belgium extends Afghan troop mandate by a year
Belgium's foreign ministry announced it will extend its military presence in Afghanistan by a year, keeping the same number of soldiers but switching the accent onto Afghan troop training.
Belgium, which has more than 600 military personnel in Afghanistan, has not suffered any casualties there, and neither has there been controversy as in the Netherlands.
However, Dutch-speaking Belgian Green and Socialist opponents respectively said the decision was "incomprehensible" and "stupid and wrong."
Belgian troops are present in Kabul, securing the international airport, and in the Taliban stronghold of Kandahar, but the ministry said it would be pulling troops out of airport duties to reinforce existing training commitments in Kunduz.