Georgia increases military contingent in Afghanistan’s peacekeeping mission
Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec. 16 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili has today appealed to the Parliament to obtain consent to send one additional infantry battalion to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. This battalion will serve under U.S. command.
Earlier, the Georgian Parliament has already agreed with participation of one infantry company and a group of trainers (in French contingent), one infantry battalion (in the U.S. contingent), and two servicemen (in the Turkish contingent) in the ISAF mission.
The Parliament will approve the corresponding resolution to send the additional battalion at a special session next week.
At present, about 900 Georgian servicemen serve in Afghanistan. Their number will increase to 1,500 from 2012. Thus, Georgia is the largest contributor among non-NATO members.