Afghanistan: NATO wants more Czech soldiers deployed in Afghanistan.
By PRAGUE, March 30, 2010 (Frontier Star): NATO's Supreme
Allied Commander Europe James Stavridis visited Prague on Monday to ask
for more Czech soldiers to be deployed in Afghanistan and Czech experts
to train Afghan security forces, Xinhua News Agency informed. During a
meeting with Czech chief of staff Vlastimil Picek, Stavridis wanted to
know how the Czech military could participate in the training if
parliament would not approve the planned raising of the number of Czech
soldiers. Up to now, lower house of Czech parliament approved
dispatching up to 535 soldiers in this troubled part of the world this
year. But there is strong opposition against raising this number among
policymakers. In the beginning of March, another NATO leader,
Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen asked the Czech Republic to send
32 military medics and 19 air force instructors to Afghanistan.
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