Georgia soon to surpass Australia as largest non-NATO troop contributor in Afghanistan

ISAF commander Gen. David Petraeus visiting Georgian troops in Afghanistan, September 6, 2010

From Civil Georgia:  The Parliament approved on Tuesday President Saakashvili’s request to send one additional infantry battalion to Afghanistan on top of 936 Georgian soldiers who already serve as part of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).

As a result, after sending one more battalion – that is 749 soldiers – Georgia will become the largest non-NATO contributor to ISAF with total of 1,685 troops. Currently Australia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the Afghan operation with 1,550 soldiers on the ground.

Georgia, whose troops operate without caveats, has lost total of ten soldiers in Afghanistan – all in the Helmand province.  (photo: ISAF)

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