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Georgian soldiers return home after 7 months in Afghanistan

10 Nov 2017 - 11:51:00

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Agenda.ge,10 Nov 2017 - 11:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia is celebrating the homecoming of its soldiers from a peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan after the completion of a seven-month tour.

Another unit of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) has successfully ended their deployment within the Resolute Support Mission in Afghanistan.

A United States Air Force plane brought the soldiers of the 23rd battalion of the II Infantry Brigade safely back to Georgia's capital Tbilisi on Friday, November 10.

However, the battalion suffered a loss during the mission: one soldier was killed and several were injured in an attack on their base.

Georgian soldiers being welcomed home after completion of a peace-keeping mission in Afghanistan. Photo: MOD's press office.

The unit were welcomed by Minister of Defence of Georgia Levan Izoria, along with Chief of General Staff of the GAF Lieutenant Major General Vladimer Chachibaia and Deputy US Ambassador to Georgia Elizabeth Rood.

The unit spent seven months serving along with the US contingent in Afghanistan's Bagram Air Base.

The unit was tasked with responding to security challenges and emergency situations facing their allies in the area of operation.

The returning company was replaced in Afghanistan by the 31st battalion of the III Infantry Brigade of the GAF.

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