Czech contribution to Afghanistan

Autor: Oldřich Holeček

The Czech government decided to increase number of Czech soldiers in ISAF operation in Afghanistan.

NATO Summit 2006 in Riga

At present, there are 149 Czech soldiers serving on two missions within International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) under NATO command in Afghanistan.

Sixty seven of them are located in Kabul and today they assumed command of the Kabul International Airport (KAIA). The bigger part of 82 soldiers is located at Fayzabad province. Soldiers serve in favour of the multinational Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT), which provides close and immediate support for local people.

The governmental decision to increase the Czech military involvement in Afghanistan has been presented by Czech President Václav Klaus at the recent NATO Summit in Riga. The total number of Czech personnel will be 225 in 2007 and could include a field hospital and a Military Police group.

This is the way the Czech Republic responds to calls of NATO representatives to increase NATO national force contributions to Afghanistan, and increases its troops by 50 percent.

Posted: December 1, 2006