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PublishDate: Saturday, October 19, 201313:30

Italy to start troops withdrawal from Afghanistan this year

The drawing-down of Italian troops was in line with reductions by other NATO allies in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.

According to reports, Italy is withdrawing it’s forces from Afghanistan will leave around 1800 soldiers in Afghanistan by the first quarter of next year.
Italy has currently deployed 2900 soldiers under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.
The Italian defense minister Mario Mauro has told a parliamentary committee that the Italian forces in Afghanistan will be reduced from 2900 to 1800 by spring next year.
Mario Mauro has further added that the withdrawal will start by the end of this year. “Italian forces will be reduced from an average of 2900 soldiers during the last three months of 2013 to 1800 by the end of 2014,” Mauro said.
Mauro further added that the drawing-down of Italian troops was in line with reductions by other NATO allies in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission.
He also added that Italy will maintain a presence in Afghanistan after 2014 through a support mission, involving ۵۹ countries, where it will assist with business training and other forms of support excluding law enforcement.

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