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Xinhua News Agency
January 5, 2013

Georgia pledges continued contribution to Afghan mission

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The South Caucasus country so far has lost 19 soldiers in Afghanistan.

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, which has now turned into a NATO-led ISAF operation, has become the longest military conflict in U.S. history.

TBILISI: Georgian Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili on Saturday pledged continued contribution to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan.

Ivanishvili made the pledge after attending the funeral for a Georgian soldier who had been found dead after missing for 10 days in Afghanistan in December last year.

Describing the participation as “a source of pride for our country,” he stressed that “we should further strengthen our role in this process in the future, because it is important for our country’s international image.”

Georgia is now the largest non-NATO troop contributor to ISAF, with a total of 1,560 Georgian servicepersons in Afghanistan, mostly deployed in the Helmand province.

The South Caucasus country so far has lost 19 soldiers in Afghanistan.

The U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, which has now turned into a NATO-led ISAF operation, has become the longest military conflict in U.S. history.

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Civil Georgia
January 5, 2013

Ivanishvili: Georgia Should Remain Committed to ISAF

Tbilisi: Georgia should continue its participation in the NATO-led operations in Afghanistan, PM Bidzina Ivanishvili said on Saturday.

He made the remarks while speaking with journalists after attending a funeral service for Sergeant Giorgi Kikadze, who went missing in the Helmand province last month and whose body was found on December 29. Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, as well as U.S. ambassador to Georgia Richard Norland, also attended the funeral in Rustavi.

“Of course the fact that a Georgian soldier dies in Afghanistan triggers questions, but I want to explain it again to the society that our troops’ contribution to global security is of course a source of pride for our country and not only we can’t say no to it, but we should further strengthen our role in this process in the future, because it is important for our country’s international image…,” Ivanishvili said.

Georgia has lost total of nineteen soldiers in Afghanistan since joining ISAF mission in November, 2009, eight of them in 2012.

Georgia has almost doubled its contribution to NATO-led operations in Afghanistan in October to over 1,560 soldiers, becoming the largest non-NATO contributor to the ISAF operation.

http://rickrozoff.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/baptism-of-blood-nato-to-continue-providing-georgian-troops-combat-experience-in-afghanistan/

 

Photo: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen greeting Georgian troops serving in Afghanistan in 2011

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I am working for the Belgian human rights association 'Werkgroep Morkhoven' which revealed the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims). The case was covered up by the authorities. During the past years I have been really shocked by the way the rich countries of the western empire want to rule the world. One of my blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Je travaille pour le 'Werkgroep Morkhoven', un groupe d'action qui a révélé le réseau pornographique d'enfants 'Zandvoort' (88.539 victims). Cette affaire a été couverte par les autorités. Au cours des dernières années, j'ai été vraiment choqué par la façon dont l'Occident et les pays riches veulent gouverner le monde. Un de mes blogs: «Latest News Syria» (WordPress)/ Ik werk voor de Werkgroep Morkhoven die destijds de kinderpornozaak Zandvoort onthulde (88.539 slachtoffers). Deze zaak werd door de overheid op een misdadige manier toegedekt. Gedurende de voorbije jaren was ik werkelijke geschokt door de manier waarop het rijke westen de wereld wil overheersen. Bezoek onze blog «Latest News Syria» (WordPress) ------- Photo: victims of the NATO-bombings on the Chinese embassy in Yougoslavia
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