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Three Georgian Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan

Georgia has around 750 troops serving alongside U.S. forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Georgia has around 750 troops serving alongside U.S. forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Georgia’s Defense Ministry has announced that three Georgian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan while serving alongside NATO-led forces.

A ministry statement said the three corporals died “while they were carrying out a combat task” in the southern Helmand Province.

The statement said a combat vehicle carrying the soldiers “exploded following an insurgent attack.”

Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said in a statement that the deaths of the three were “a very painful blow.”

The deaths bring to at least 15 the number of Georgian troops who have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

Georgia, which is seeking to join NATO, has around 750 troops serving alongside U.S. troops in Helmand Province, according to the Georgian Defense Ministry.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 22, 2012 09:44
Misha Saakashvili is a really great leader whose rule Georgians will not forget for a long time: (a) first, he cedes 20 per cent of the Georgian territory to Russia in 2008 - but promises to block the Russian accession to WTO; (b) but then, who gives a damn about promisies? - in 2011 Misha changes his mind and okeys the Russian accession to the WTO; (c) sends Georgian troops to die in all kinds of foreign countries: up to now in Iraq and Afghanistan, tomorrow probably in Syria and Iran. A Great Leader that any country would be proud to have :-)!
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by: Rasto from: from the office
February 22, 2012 12:34
Eugenio, yes you are almost right, he is not extremely good leader and his track record in foreign relations is questionable, but to balance the accounts it is importnat to mention that it happenned in Saakashvili times when GDP grew 8-10 % annually(2002-2008), Foreign investments started to rise particularly from 2005, average pensions grew from 25 lari a month in Shevarnadze times to current 95 lari. While in Shevarnadze times people in Tbilisi had water for 3 hours a day and electricity for about 6 hours while Shevarnadze family was selling electric energy to Turkey, now Tbilisi dwellers can enjoy uninterrupted supply of water and electricity. In other cities and towns people have uninterrupted access to electricity and supply of water is almost uninterrupted. The Government launched construction of country first highway from Tbilisi to Black sea coast 2 years ago and this year it will be finished. Tbilisi airport has been modernised alongside others in Batumi, Kutaisi and Mestia. New airport is planned in Poti where free economic zone has been launched. While situation in Shewarnadze times (1992-2003) were stagnant and going very much worse from year to year, plus there were no developments in the infrastructure at all, in Saakashvili times people may not be extremelly better off, but at least infrastructure in the country has been developing quite dramatically.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
February 24, 2012 22:22
Hi, Rasto, thank you for the interesting info, that one does not usually have access to if one (like myself) is kind of dependent for information on the kind of cheap propaganda web-sites like RFE/RL.
Do you live in Georgia? What are the chances of this guy - a milliarder that media talks a lot about, but whose name I can not recall right now? Does he stand any chance of challenging Saakashvili in the upcoming election? Or it's all just a media hype?
Cheers from Vienna!
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by: Rasto from: in the office
February 28, 2012 15:34
Nop I live in London, but my wife is Georgian so as half of my family:)...The society is very much polarized and in fair elections Mr. Ivanishvili would get about 40 % of support..This is my opinion based on my recent visit to Georgia. I wish he won next elections.

by: Jack from: US
February 22, 2012 12:14
slaves of US government die while their dictator at home is busy stealing money US government gives away to prop up the regime
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by: Mike from: US
February 23, 2012 00:55
You really are a poor, jealous, hate-filled, infuriated soul. ( are you armenian by any chance?) Anyway back to topic... It takes a smart person to understand another. Since you're not smart enough to understand Saakashvilis tactics (or perhaps you are, but choose to spread misinformation and act like a troll), I'll explain it to you. While it is tragic that Georgian soldiers are dying for causes not of their own, it is the only way that the Georgian military will acquire real combat experience and respect in the real world (realistically the only way to join NATO and end Russian influence in the country once and for all; once Russia is out of the picture, the two breakaway territories will return under Georgian control within 48 hours, without a single drop of blood.). Not to sound too insensitive, but in order to make an omelet, you have to break a couple of eggs - that's life! Thus Saakashvili is doing what has to be done, not because it's an easy outcome but because its a necessary one. One must compromise for the greater good, and believe me the Georgian soldiers are more than aware of this fact. (you would know this if you were more open minded and got your news from multiple sources and compared one with the other). I really hope that you are simple misinformed, because if you know the truth and still choose to act the way you do, then there is no helping you as a human being.
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by: George from: US
February 25, 2012 18:49
Let's say he is Armenian what would he be jealous of. What kind of a comment is that? Are you out of your mind? The man is just expressing his thoughts just way you do. Armenia has no problem with Georgia. They have been living next to each other for many and many year and no single war has taken place between those two nations. At the end they both are Christian nations in region full of fanatic Turks. They both are small nations trying to survive in the hands of big power. They should do what is best for them. Do you really think Georgia is not a toy for NATO? I think so. Just the way Armenia and Azerbaijan are. Those 3 nations should respect each other’s rights and try to live in peace. No disrespect to you! I am just expressing my thoughts.
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by: Mike from: US
February 27, 2012 07:17
"Armenia has no problem with Georgia"?
1. In the early nineties when ethnic cleansing of Georgians took place in abkhazia (Georgia), one of the perpetrators was an Armenian battalion by the name of "Bagramian". This battalion, along with chechens & other Northern Caucasus people all with the weapons and ammunition supplied by the Russians (yours truly) massacred thousand of Georgians as well as people of other nationalities who were on the Georgian side; not to mention that their massacre led to more then a quarter million Georgian refugees who to this day still can not get back to their homes because RUSSIA is backing up these very terrorists and murderers and claims that Georgia is the aggressor.

2. Armenians whose great grandparents immigrated to Georgian territory of samtxe javakheti following the Turkish massacre of armenians, are now trying to take away that region from Georgians, claiming that they compose the majority of that territory and want to break away. (This is the thanks that Georgians got after they allowed Armenina refugees to come to their lands to avoid being slaughtered by Turks; ironic isn't it?)

3. Armenia has, is, and always will be pro-Russian; pro Putin. The reason for this is because it is borded by Turkey from the west (who to this day can;t stand them), and by Azerbaijan on the east (who also hate them, partly due to the nagorno-karabax territory.) Due to this Armeinans have no other choice but to beg Russia for their support, otherwise their neighbors will exterminate them, pure and simple!

4.They are jealous of Georgians because they have access to the black sea, secondly because azerbaijan runs its gas % oil pipeline through Georgia (due to their disputes), also because Georgia has and always had a tremendous potential to become a country no less then Israel by its natural resources as well as history and culture...

I can go on for pages, but I think this will suffice; I hope you do come back to this page and read what I wrote for you...

by: Ingush
February 23, 2012 14:14
Great Georgian army defeated the enemy from the north, returned their territory of Abkhazia, and Ossetia, and now they bravely fight and win in Afghanistan.
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by: Rasto from: in the office
February 24, 2012 13:17
There are still better off than many in the North Caucasus - as not being managed by Russians..
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by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
February 27, 2012 09:49
To Ingush...
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If you are an Ingush, why have you forgotten how you kicked out of your house by оssetians and their Kremlin backers?
Sure, and Mr. Putin is involved in this....
Today, the Ingush have to be shoulder to shoulder with the Georgians..against of both peoples the Kremlin committed injustice and oppression...

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