Bulgaria to withdraw part of Afghan contingent
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||16 January 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Bulgaria to withdraw part of Afghan contingent, 16 January 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/512235712.html [accessed 27 October 2016]|
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January 16, 2013
The Bulgarian government says it will pull a significant part of its troop contingent out of Afghanistan.
Bulgarian troops stationed at Kabul airport will be withdrawn on March 1, followed by a team of instructors on March 31.
The decision will mean that Bulgaria will withdraw some 40 percent of its 600-member contingent that is part of the International Security Assistance Force by the end of March.
According to a government press release, the remainder of the Bulgarian contingent will stay in Afghanistan until 2014, when the majority of NATO-led forces leave.
After 2014, Bulgaria will only have a team of advisers in the country.
Bulgaria, which joined NATO in 2004, has been participating in the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan since 2002.
Based on reporting by Xinhua and dpa