News 16 Jan 13

Bulgaria to Start Afghanistan Withdrawal Process

Cabinet expected to agree on Wednesday to partly terminate the military mission to the NATO-led force in Afghanistan.

Novinite
Sofia

The Bulgarian decision will be made in accordance with the strategy for the transformation of participation in the ISAF mission in Afghanistan, which the government in Sofia adopted at the end of 2011. This follows a decision by the US under President Barack Obama for a major withdrawal from Afghanistan by 2014.

Under the partial pullout plan, Bulgaria is withdrawing medical teams and specialists from Afghanistan's Heart province as of March 1 and is due to start bringing back its troops guarding the airport in Kabul, and its military instructors, at the end of March.

By the end of 2014, Bulgaria will continue to maintain its security company guarding the interior zone at Kandahar Airport as well its teams of advisers to the local security forces.

After 2014, Bulgaria will participate in NATO's mission in Afghanistan only with teams of advisers stationed on the ground with the Afghan security forces and the local authorities.

Talk about it!

blog comments powered by Disqus

Premium Selection

kosovo-s-thaci-seeks-new-peacemaker-image-08-24-2016
24 Aug 16

Kosovo’s Thaci Seeks New ‘Peacemaker’ Image

Kosovo President Hashim Thaci, a wartime guerrilla leader, has been embracing reconciliation by commemorating murdered Serbs, but analysts question whether he is sincere or just trying to win international approval.

bosnian-serbs-divided-over-controversial-referendum-08-23-2016
24 Aug 16

Bosnian Serbs Divided over Controversial Referendum

Next month’s referendum in Bosnia’s Republika Srpska entity is seen by some Serbs as a move to defend their rights, but others claim it’s a waste of money staged only for political advantage.

19 Aug 16

Dacian Ciolos: Romania’s Technocratic PM

19 Aug 16

Sarajevo Siege Film Explores Legacy of Trauma

Latest News from the Balkans

24 Aug 16

Top Bulgarian Mountaineer Fights for Life

24 Aug 16

‘Game of Thrones’ Star to Visit Romania