Following the accession to NATO on 12 March 1999, the Czech Republic assumed also a commitment to take part in foreign military operations under the flag of the Alliance.
Thanks to experience gained in foreign service on UN multinational missions from 1993, followed by operations the Czech Republic participated in under the NATO Partnership for Peace Programme, Czech military contingents and units have successfully fulfilled their tasks not only in countries of former Yugoslavia, but also in other parts of the world. Currently, Czech soldiers served in NATO-led ISAF operation in Afghanistan, which was renamed to the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) as of 1st January 2015, in Kosovo KFOR, Atalanta in the U.K., MFO in the Sinai, and in EU missions in the Republic of Mali, and Althea in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A group of Czech signal troops officers contributed to NATO Active Fence operation in Turkey from September 2014 to January 2015, and the Czech Air Force served on Air Policing operation in the Baltics and Iceland.
The Czech Republic has also participated in other European Union operations and missions since its accession to the EU in May 2004.
The Czech general public has been well aware of this country's soldiers participation in missions and operations in faraway Afghanistan, Pakistan, engagement of Czech Military Police contingent in Iraq in training new Iraqi Police Force or Air Policing operations in the Baltics and in Iceland.
Not a small role has been also played by Czech military observers on many occasions at exotic places of this planet under the flag of the United Nations, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and missions conducted by international community.
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Updated: February 22, 2017