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Azerbaijan to double peacekeepers in Afghanistan

BAKU, September 16 (RIA Novosti) - Azerbaijan's parliament is to adopt a law that would double its peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan, a senior parliamentarian said Tuesday.

"A draft law on doubling the number of Azeri peacekeepers deployed in Afghanistan will be submitted for consideration during the fall session," first deputy speaker Ziyafet Askerov said.

A total of 45 Azerbaijani peacekeepers are currently serving in Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security and development mission in the country.

The former Soviet republic has also deployed 150 peacekeepers to Iraq since May 2003, and has been part of the NATO Partnership for Peace program since 1994.

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