Friday, January 22, 2010

Romania to send 600 more troops to Afghanistan

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania will send 600 more troops to Afghanistan this year, boosting its military presence there to more than 1,600 soldiers, the Supreme Defence Council said on Thursday.

Romania, the second poorest country in the European Union and a NATO member since 2004, has been a staunch ally of Washington in its military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan it has 982 soldiers as part of NATO's ISAF mission and another 38 taking part in the Enduring Freedom coalition's operations.

The NATO-led military mission is expected to be expanded rapidly in 2010 with the arrival of 30,000 more American troops.

The Romanian defence council has also set a limit of 3,753 for the overall number of Romanian troops that can participate in missions outside its territory this year.

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