Government approves Afghan mission through 2014 but personnel will be reduced

The government has approved continuing the Czech Republic’s mission in Afghanistan through 2014, while gradually reducing the number of personnel. According to the plan, 539 people will serve next year, but a maximum of 340 a year after that. The gradual drawdown is in keeping with NATO’s plans to reduce alliance forces, and hand Afghans responsibility for their security in 2014. That year, some 50 Czech personnel will also serve in Iceland, helping protect Icelandic airspace. Pilots will have four Jas-39 Gripen fighter jets at their disposal.

Author: Jan Velinger