Czech defense minister returns from morale-boosting trip to Czech contingent in Afghanistan

Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra returned from a morale-boosting trip to the Czech contingent in Afghanistan late on Monday night. During his two-day visit to the country, where 720 Czech soldiers are serving in ISAF, Mr. Vondra visited a total of four bases, one in Kabul, and three others in the provinces of Wardak and Logar, where Czech soldiers have recently come under increased attacks from insurgents. He also met with the Afghan interior and defense ministers. Mr. Vondra said the primary goal was to help Afghanistan ensure its own security needs by 2014, when international troops are scheduled to withdraw from the country.