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21 soldiers to return from Afghanistan

Photo: Lauris Nagliņš/LETA.
 RIGA, Dec 19 - Today, 21 Latvian soldiers, who were serving in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) in Afghanistan, will return to Latvia concluding the latest rotation of the Latvian contingent.
The majority of the Latvian contingent to Afghanistan returned to Latvia on October 18.
The Defense Ministry's Public Relations Department informed LETA that, from now on, Latvian soldiers will be preparing everything necessary for further operations, so that the Latvian contingent, which will be supplemented by the Maneuver Unit in May, will be able to successfully complete its tasks.
The Transition Support Unit, which will be set up in Mazar-e Sharif and lead by Sweden, will include Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian and Latvian soldiers. Croatian soldiers will also contribute. The unit's main task will be to consult and support the Afghan National Security Forces in the Afghan provinces of Balkh and Samangan.
As reported, on October 11, Saeima members decided to extend the mandate for the Latvian National Armed Forces' participation in the ISAF in Afghanistan until October 13, 2013.
Latvia participates has been participating in the NATO-led international operation in Afghanistan since February 2003. The ISAF provides support to the Afghan government to ensure stability in the country.
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