Georgian parliament votes to send more troops to Afghanistan

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Georgia’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

Georgia’s parliament voted on Tuesday in favor of President Mikheil Saakashvili’s plan to send more troops to Afghanistan as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The initiative was backed by 103 votes out of 150 seats in the Georgian parliament.

Georgia, which actively seeks NATO membership, joined the international U.S.-led coalition fighting the Afghan insurgency in August of 2009.

More than 900 Georgian troops are currently deployed in Afghanistan, including some 750 in the Helmand Province and 175 in the capital, Kabul.

Ten Georgian soldiers have been killed since joining ISAF operations in Afghanistan.

All international combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by the end of 2014, with security to be passed to the Afghan police and army.

 

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