750 Georgian soldiers are to remain in Afghanistan
06 November, 2014
750 Georgian soldiers are to remain in Afghanistan
The ISAF operation in Afghanistan is coming to its conclusion, but that doesn't mean that foreign soldiers will not be there anymore. Georgia, despite not being a NATO member, will remain among the leaders when it comes to the amount of boots on the ground, leaving 750 troops in Afghanistan.

Assuming policy will not change based on recent events, it seems that the Georgian government, namely the Ministry of Defense, is continuing its policy of individual partnership with NATO members
(mostly Germany and France), which might lead them to expressing their support of awarding Georgia a MAP (Membership Action Plan) and eventually a full-fledged NATO membership.
This is the most likely reason why a hundred Georgian troops will be stationed alongside German ones in the Afghani city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Another hundred Georgian troops were also deployed to the Central African Republic in a joint operation with the French six months ago. The deadline of their rotation and stay is approaching, but France recently offered Georgia to continue participating in the peacekeeping mission.
The Georgian Army’s 4th Mechanized Brigade is currently undergoing a training course in Germany to prepare them for the conditions they will face in Afghanistan. Meanwhile, the 51st battalion of the 5th Infantry Brigade, consisting of 512 soldiers, has already been directed to Bagram Airfield, which will be its next base of operations. Their responsibilities will include both protecting the base as well as patrolling adjacent districts along with the US forces.
Next year, 20 Georgian soldiers will operate alongside U.S. Marines, and 20 members of the National Guard will be tasked with maintaining internal security at the base.


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