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

questions-linger-over-kosovo-mobster-s-marathon-trial-05-27-2016
28 May 16

Questions Linger Over Kosovo Mobster’s Record Verdict

A Kosovo court has jailed Enver Sekiraqa for a record 37 years - but the alleged mobster’s trial was a troubled marathon, featuring dozens of witnesses and a mass of conflicting claims.

bulgaria-drags-its-feet-over-cocaine-king--05-27-2016-1
27 May 16

Bulgaria Drags its Feet Over ‘Cocaine King’

Evelin Banev has received big jail sentences for drug trafficking in Romania and Italy - but back home in Bulgaria the courts appear curiously reluctant to act.

Latest News from the Balkans

27 May 16

Macedonia President Part-Withdraws Pardons

27 May 16

Kosovo Broadcaster Ignores Eviction Deadline

27 May 16

Croatia's MOST Backs Vice-PM's Impeachment

27 May 16

Belgrade Manifest Returns to Kalemegdan

27 May 16

Romanian Film Festival Honours Sophia Loren

27 May 16

Clock Ticks For Albania to Pass EU Reforms