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Turkey Extends Troop Presence in Afghanistan

Wednesday 26 December 2018

KABUL (Pajhwok Afghan News) — Turkey’s lawmakers have approved a motion extending its military presence in Afghanistan for two more years, a media report said on Wednesday.

Turkish troops are stationed in the war-torn country in the framework of the NATO-led Resolute Support mission, training and advising the Afghan security personnel.

Set to take effect on January 6, the law will let the Turkish government dispatch troops to Afghanistan to back the Resolute Support mission.

About 12,000 foreign troops from 28 NATO allies and 14 partner nations have agreed to support the mission in Afghanistan.

The law empowers the government to allow NATO personnel to be transported to and from Afghanistan through Turkey, a Turkish newspaper reported.

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