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Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan

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Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan
18:21 CEST+02:00
Sweden will send a rifle platoon of 27 soldiers to Afghanistan in the coming days, bringing the number of Swedish troops in the country to 375, the military said on Thursday.

"A platoon... will this weekend be sent to Afghanistan to reinforce the Swedish troops," in Mazar-i-Sharif, in the north of the country, a statement from the military said.

The Swedish parliament has decided that Sweden can send a maximum of 600 peacekeeping troops to Afghanistan to take part in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

NATO has deployed about 50,000 troops to help the US-backed government in Kabul fight the Taliban and other insurgents. There are another nearly 20,000 soldiers under US command.

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