Foreign troop numbers in Afghanistan

6th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

Britain, the second biggest provider of troops to Afghanistan, announced on Wednesday that it will withdraw a further 500 soldiers by the end of 2012, bringing its contingent there to 9,000.

Around 140,000 foreign troops are deployed in Afghanistan within the UN-mandated, NATO-led, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US-led coalition Operation Enduring Freedom, which overthrew the Taliban in late 2001.

The United States is by far the biggest provider of troops, with up to 100,000 in the country, split between NATO (90,000) and Operation Enduring Freedom (10,000).

Canada sends its nearly 3,000 troops home this week after nine years.

More than 40 other countries take part in ISAF, which has been deployed since mid-2003, including the 28 NATO member countries.

Here are the main contributors to ISAF, according to data provided by NATO in June, 2011, the most recent figures available:

United States: 90,000

Britain: 9,500

Germany: 4,812

France: 3,935

Italy: 3,880

Canada: 2,922

Poland: 2,560

Romania: 1,938

Turkey: 1,786

Spain: 1,552

Australia: 1,550

Georgia: 937

Denmark: 750

The other participating states, listed in the order of their troop contributions are: Bulgaria (602), Czech Republic (519), Belgium (507), Sweden (500) Norway (406), Hungary (383), South Korea (350), Croatia (320), Slovakia (300), Albania (260), Lithuania (237), Netherlands (192), New Zealand (191), Macedonia (163), Estonia (163), Greece (162), Finland (156), Latvia (139), Portugal (133), Azerbaijan (94), Slovenia (80), Mongolia (74), Bosnia (55), Armenia (40), Montenegro (36), United Arab Emirates (35), Malaysia (31), Ukraine (22), Singapore (21), Luxembourg (11), Ireland (7), Iceland (4), Austria (3).


© 2011 AFP

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