Sweden sends extra troops to Afghanistan
AFP · 22 May 2008, 18:21
Published: 22 May 2008 18:21 GMT+02:00
"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.