• publish: 3 December 2020
  • time: 2:23 pm
  • category: International
  • No: 16160

Finland pulls out two thirds of its troops in Afghanistan

Finland has decided to reduce the number of Finnish soldiers in Afghanistan and will immediately withdraw two thirds of its troops, the Finnish Defence Forces said in a press release.

Currently Finland has 60 soldiers in Afghanistan as part of NATO-led Resolute Support’s train, advise and assist mission.

“The number of Finnish soldiers in the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan will decrease from about 60 to 20,” the Finnish Defence Forces statement read.

According to Finland’s defence forces, the “number of Finnish soldiers involved will be reduced and the Finnish security team will return home, as the operation has been reorganised and certain tasks have ended. The changes will take effect immediately.”

This comes after Finland’s Minister of Defence Antti Kaikkonen said in an interview in early October that the group of 60 Finnish soldiers could be repatriated sometime in 2021, with Finland’s involvement in the operation likely to end in the spring.

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