Kazakhs to join NATO-led troops in Afghanistan

May 18, 2011 18:48


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ASTANA - Mainly Muslim Kazakhstan will become the first nation of ex-Soviet Central Asia to send a military contingent to join NATO-led ISAF troops fighting in Afghanistan, Kazakh parliamentarians decided on Wednesday.

An unspecified number of Kazakh soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan on six-month missions with the International Security Assistance Force, in line with a bill passed by the lower house of parliament. The document did not say when the first Kazakh contingent would be going.

The vast nation, five times the size of France, has provided air and ground corridors for the delivery of supplies to Western troops in Afghanistan.

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