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Swedish soldier injured in Afghanistan

A Swedish soldier was injured in Afghanistan on Saturday when his unit was attacked by rebels.

The Swedish and Finnish forces were on patrol in the company of Afghanistan police officers when they came under fire near Sayyad in the western part of their area of responsibility in war-torn Afghanistan.

None of the soldiers were seriously injured and the injured soldier is expected to respond well to treatment and be back in service within a couple of days, according to a Swedish defence forces statement.

The unit was the second involving Swedish forces which came under attack during the course of Saturday.

Earlier on Saturday morning a unit was attacked in the area west of Mazar-i-Sharif, close to where two Swedish soldiers were injured in a firefight on Thursday. No one was hurt in the attack.

The injured Swedish soldier is currently in the care of a German field hospital in Camp Marmal.

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Turkey forms ‘permanent committee’ to assess Swedish Nato deal

Turkey on Thursday said a new "permanent committee" would meet Finnish and Swedish officials in August to assess if the two nations are complying with Ankara's conditions to ratify their Nato membership bids.

Turkey forms 'permanent committee' to assess Swedish Nato deal

Finland and Sweden dropped their history of military non-alignment and announced plans to join Nato after Russia invaded Ukraine at the end of
February. All 30 Nato members must ratify the accession.

Nato member Turkey has demanded the extradition of dozens of suspected “terrorists” from both countries under an accession deal the three signed last month.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has threatened to “freeze” the process over Sweden and Finland’s failure to extradite the suspects.

He accuses them of providing a haven for outlawed Kurdish militants. “If these countries are not implementing the points included in the
memorandum that we signed, we will not ratify the accession protocol,” Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu reaffirmed in a televised interview.

He said the committee would meet in August but provided no details.Turkey’s parliament has broken for its summer recess and will not be able
to hold a ratification vote before October. Some Turkish officials have warned that the process may drag out until next year.

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