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    Bulgarian Defense Minister Nikolai Nenchev said Tuesday that Bulgaria would not withdraw its military contingent from Afghanistan, rejecting an earlier statement by the Balkan state's prime minister.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In September, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov announced that deployment of country's troops in Afghanistan could be canceled due to high costs.

    According to Bulgaria's Trud newspaper, Nenchev said that Bulgaria would not withdraw its 110 servicemen from Afghanistan, despite Borissov's claims.

    Afghanistan is in a state of political and social turmoil, with government forces fighting the continuing Taliban insurgency. The instability has persisted in the country since the 2001 US-led invasion to defeat the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

    The US-led NATO combat force withdrew from Afghanistan in December 2014. However, many military personnel, including the Bulgarian servicemen remain in the country, within the framework of the Resolute Support mission.

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