New wave of Georgian soldiers sent for NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan
15 January, 2018
New wave of Georgian soldiers sent for NATO Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan
One hundred Georgian soldiers from the 4th mechanized brigade has been sent to Afghanistan for the NATO Resolute Support Mission.

The soldiers will replace the 3rd infantry brigade and will serve for protecting international peace for the next six months.

The hundred soldiers will serve in Mazar-i-Sharif military base, in the fourth largest city of the country.

Before the departure, the servicemen underwent two-month training in Georgia and six-month intensive exercises in Germany.

The Ministry of Defence held a special
farewell ceremony prior to the departure.
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Georgia's Defence Minister Levan Izoria. Photo courtesy Ministry of Defence of Georgia

At the end of the ceremony, the members of the 4th mechanized brigade were blessed by the priest of the IV mechanized brigade, Father Gabriel.

Georgia's Defence Minister Levan Izoria stressed the importance of Georgia-NATO partnership and emphasized Georgian soldiers' role in international peacekeeping missions.

After the official ceremony, Minister of Defense of Georgia personally addressed the military servicemen and their family members and thanked them for participating in the NATO Resolute Support Mission.
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Special farewell ceremony prior to the departure. Photo courtesy Ministry of Defence of Georgia

Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Resolute Support mission with 885 troops.

Georgia and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) relations officially began in 1994 when Georgia joined the NATO-run Partnership for Peace. Georgia has moved quickly following the Rose Revolution in 2003 to seek closer ties and eventual membership with NATO.

Georgia joined the war in Afghanistan in 2004. Georgian forces worked with NATO forces in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan, as part of the election security force.
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A Georgian soldier scans for enemy activity while on patrol in the Helmand province, Afghanistan. April 2012

The Resolute Support mission was a follow-on task from the ISAF mission, to which Georgia contributed about 750 troops. Georgian forces have been participating in Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan since 2015.

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