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More Georgian Troops Leave For Afghanistan


The departure ceremony for the soldiers leaving for Afghanistan took place at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi.

The departure ceremony for the soldiers leaving for Afghanistan took place at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi.

TBILISI -- Hundreds of Georgian soldiers left Tbilisi for Afghanistan on April 7 to take part in the U.S.-led coalition's military operations, RFE/RL's Echo of the Caucasus reports.

Georgian Defense Ministry officials and parliament deputies took part in the departure ceremony for the 750 troops. A Georgian Orthodox priest will accompany the contingent to Afghanistan.

The troops will be stationed near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The troops will join some 150 Georgian soldiers who have been serving in Afghanistan under French command for the past several months.
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