Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

'We have to build a new Tunisia', says the president of the Tunisian Parliament

Read more

FACE-OFF

France on alert after attacks: a case of collective hysteria?

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'Beijing needs to revaluate its policy in the Tibetan areas', says FM of the Tibetan government-in-exile

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Uruguay: freed Guantanamo detainees try to adjust to normal life

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Turkey: Inside the Alevi community

Read more

FOCUS

China: A tense Christmas in Wenzhou

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

Pope's Scathing Tidings: Pontiff Blasts 'Illnesses' at Vatican's Heart

Read more

WEB NEWS

Gaza children draw what their future will look like

Read more

Asia-pacific

Spain to send 511 more troops to Afghanistan

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-02-12

As US troops prepare for a major offensive in southern Afghanistan, the Spanish government announced Friday that it would send 511 more troops to aid the NATO mission in the war-torn country.

AFP - The Spanish government said Friday it was sending 511 more troops to Afghanistan, boosting its contingent with NATO-led forces fighting Taliban insurgents to nearly 1,600.
  
"They will comprise three teams of instructors for the Afghan army, a unit handling manoeuvres, protection and logistical suppport, and headquarters reinforcements," the defence ministry said in a statement.
  
In addition some 40 paramilitary Civil Guard police will be sent to train Afghan police.
  
The ministry said the despatch of the troops was dependent on the Spanish parliament, which would be asked for its approval on February 17.
  
Spain currently has 1,065 troops serving in western Afghanistan with NATO's International Security Assistance Force, according to the ISAF website.

Date created : 2010-02-12

  • AFGHANISTAN

    World powers pledge to support 'full Afghan ownership' of security

    Read more

  • AFGHANISTAN

    French troops will stay 'as long as it takes' says Fillon

    Read more

  • GERMANY

    Merkel to send 500 more troops to Afghanistan

    Read more

COMMENT(S)