Spain could send 300 more troops to Kabul

29th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

29 January 2007, HEART, AFGHANISTAN — Spain's defence minister arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to visit Spanish troops based in the nation's west as part of the multilateral force deployed under United Nations auspices.

29 January 2007

HEART, AFGHANISTAN — Spain's defence minister arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to visit Spanish troops based in the nation's west as part of the multilateral force deployed under United Nations auspices.

Jose Antonio Alonso was making his second visit to the base in Herat in less than a year as reported suggested Spain is considering sending between 150 and 300 more soldiers.

He was received at the Herat base by its commander, Spanish Col. Francisco Rincon, as well as by Badghis provinical Gov. Sayed Hoosain and other local authorities.

Spain has just under 700 soldiers in Afghanistan, some 500 here at the Advance Support Base and about 180 in the Provincial Reconstruction Unit in Qala i Naw.

Besides visiting the troops, Alonso is here to inaugurate a new USD 6.5 million hospital here and a new airfield that cost almost the same amount in Qala i Naw.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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