Defence Ministry provides Afghan war stats

Roughly 7000 Czech soldiers have taken part in the Afghan war since it was launched in 2001, the Defence Ministry has told CTK. Four of them died there. A spokesman for the ministry said the Czech Republic has spent 8.3 billion crowns on participation in the conflict, deploying Special Forces, military doctors, pilots, chemists and bomb squads. Operation of the international airport in Kabul was also under Czech command between 2006 and 2007. About 720 Czech soldiers are currently deployed in Afghanistan. Next year, their number is to be reduced by about 100.