Franco-German Brigade sent to Afghanistan

28th June 2004, Comments 0 comments

MUELLHEIM, Germany, June 28 (AFP) - A joint Franco-German military force said Monday it would send some 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in July to help train police and soldiers.

MUELLHEIM, Germany, June 28 (AFP) - A joint Franco-German military force said Monday it would send some 1,000 extra troops to Afghanistan in July to help train police and soldiers.

 

German Brigadier General Walter Spindler said the new contingent would take part in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in the Afghan capital Kabul and would stay in the country for six months.

 

Spindler oversaw a departure ceremony for soldiers and their wives. The troops will arrive in Kabul in stages from July 9-27.

 

The operation marks the first joint deployment of the Franco-German Brigade, founded in 1989 and comprising 5,000 soldiers, since their participation in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in Bosnia in 1997.

 

NATO leaders agreed at a summit in Istanbul Monday to a major expansion of its ISAF peacekeeping force in Afghanistan, boosting troop levels to 10,000 during the planned September election period from the current 6,500 troops.

 

© AFP

 

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