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Latvian soldiers to help train local militia in Afghanistan

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThis Thursday, December 4th, the next contingent of Latvian troops, consisting of 30 soldiers will be sent to Afghanistan. Their main objective will be to help with the training of local militia, not participate in combat operations.

As part of Resolute Spirit operation, Latvia will send 30 soldiers to Afghanistan. This unit will be deployed at a military base in the north of the country. A small part of this unit will also be relocated to Kabul, where they will serve as consultants, officers and instructors, as reported by Latvian Defence Ministry.

Latvian soldiers will assist in training of Afghani National Army’s 209th Corps and Engineering School. They will serve as advisers and will work in NATO’s Joint Regional Management and Coordination Centre. This centre provides coordination of training of Afghani Armed Forces and exchange of information in the northern region.

Latvia will also provide the participation of military pose in the Multinational Police Unit and support of air traffic controllers in the Rapid Response Unit.

In 2013, ISAF handed over all responsibility for security in Afghanistan to the country’s security forces. Now NATO only focuses on training Afghani armed forces.

This process started in 2011 with gradual handing over of control to Afghani armed forces. Latvian and Norwegian soldiers, who maintained security in Afghanistan’s northern province of Faryab, concluded their duty on November 11th, 2012. After their relocation to the military base in Mazar-i-Sharif, they continued helping to train Afghani soldiers along with Baltic Support Units up until May 12th, 2014.

The Resolute Support operation will include the participation of approximately 12,000 soldiers from NATO member states. This operation will concentrate on the training of Afghanistan’s army and police.

This NATO operation will serve several important functions: it will provide planning support, programming and budget forming support, secure transparency, responsibility and monitoring, support the compliance with principles of good management and legal power, as well as support the creation of national armed forces, including recruitment, training, personnel management and realization of development processes.

This operation will be carried out in accordance with the Treaty on Status of Armed Forces, which was signed by the new President of Afghanistan and NATO Senior Civil Representative in Kabul September 30th 2014. On November 27th, this document was ratified by the Afghani parliament.

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