Armenian Peacekeepers Start Afghan Mission

KABUL (RFE/RL)–A small contingent of Armenian troops arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday to help the United States and its NATO allies fight the Taliban insurgency, according to the Armenian military.

A 40-strong detachment reached their place of deployment in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz where Armenian peacekeepers will serve under German command as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

The main mission of the Armenian troops in Kunduz will be to protect the runway and other facilities of a local airport jointly with Germany forces.

The Armenian troops arrived in Afghanistan from Germany where they had a training course before the main dispatch.

A report issued by the Information and Public Relations Department of the Defense Ministry of Armenia says that the main task of the Armenian peacekeeping detachment in Afghanistan in the coming week will be to settle down in the new location and solve issues connected with the rear.

According to the same report, a group of officers on Tuesday will visit the airport in Kunduz where they will study the locality and learn their assignment.

In the past Armenia had limited contingents participating in international peacekeeping operations in Kosovo and Iraq.


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  1. Kiazer Souze said:

    Armenia should have sent the same amount as Turkey that should have translated to the same amount in baghshish that Turkey gets (Billions) instead of the crums it got from the US.