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Spain to send 511 more troops to Afghanistan

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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

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