Composition of Azerbaijani Peacekeepers in Afghanistan to be Changed

Politics Materials 8 July 2008 13:32 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 8 July/ Trend , corr. E. Huseynli/ A total of 22 peacekeepers of the Defense Ministry of Azerbaijan will leave for Afghanistan by rotation on 10 July, press service of the Ministry of Defense of Azerbaijan said to Trend on 8 July.

In 1997, a peacekeeping detachment was formed at the National Army of Azerbaijan. A peacekeeping battalion was later established. The number of Armed Forces of Azerbaijan in Iraq totaled to 150 soldiers and 34 in Kosovo. The Azerbaijani soldiers control 18 villages in Kosovo. Over 400 Azerbaijani soldiers served in Kosovo. The Azerbaijani peacekeeping detachment in Kosovo is operating within the Turkey's Armed Forces. There are 45 Azerbaijani peacekeepers in Afghanistan who patrol Kabul.

The press service said that the same number of peacekeepers will for Azerbaijan from Afghanistan within the next few days.

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