Turkish peacekeepers to stay in Afghanistan another year

September 20, 2012 21:10

ISTANBUL - Turkish peacekeepers will remain in Afghanistan's capital Kabul until at least November 2013 after the military agreed to extend its mandate as part of a NATO force by a year, the Turkish military said on Thursday.

Turkish soldiers took over the Kabul regional command as part of NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in November 2009. The military said in a statement that mission had been extended for a year from Nov. 1, 2012.

The war in Afghanistan, which has failed to defeat the Taliban after more than a decade of fighting, has strained budgets and lost public support in Western nations.

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