Czechs to send more troops to Afghanistan

September 23, 2010 19:37


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PRAGUE – The Czech Defense Ministry on Thursday said it's planning to increase the number of troops in Afghanistan by 200 next year.

Spokesman Jiri Grund said the ministry wants to deploy to Afghanistan some of the 400 troops it will withdraw from Kosovo later this year.

Grund said Thursday that "a worsened security situation" in Afghanistan has prompted the move, which still needs approval by the government and Parliament.

The 200 would join as many as 535 Czech soldiers whose deployment as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan had been approved by Parliament.

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