Georgian soldiers leave for Afghanistan

  • Mission Resolute Support launched on 1 January 2015 to provide further training, advice and assistance for the Afghan security forces and institutions. Photo: Defence Ministry press office., 28 Sep 2018 - 17:51, Tbilisi,Georgia

The 22nd battalion of the 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces and 100 soldiers from the 4th Mechanised Brigade have left for Afghanistan today to contribute to NATO mission Resolute Support.

The Georgian defence minister and acting US ambassador to Georgia praised the Georgian soldier’s commitment and contribution to international peace and security and wished them a peaceful return to the homeland in six months’ time.

The Georgian battalion will be tasked to defend the Bagram Base in Afghanistan, while one hundred soldiers will provide security for the Resolute Support mission headquarters in Kabul.

The departure is a scheduled rotation of Georgian soldiers in the mission.

  • Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to mission Resolute Support with 885 troops.
  • The Resolute Support mission was a follow-on task from the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission, to which Georgia contributed about 750 troops.