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Czech soldiers to stay in Afghanistan

October 31, 2014

PRAGUE (AP) — The Czech Republic’s Parliament has approved a government plan to keep troops in Afghanistan for at least two more years.

Up to 350 soldiers will be stationed in Afghanistan in 2015 and 2016 as part of a NATO-led mission called Resolute Support to train and advise Afghan forces, under the plan approved by Parliament’s lower house on Friday. The troops will not be used for combat. Parliament’s upper house had already approved the plan on Oct. 23.

The deployment is part of a program of foreign military missions for the next two years. The Czechs also pledged to maintain their role in international forces in the Balkans, Africa and the Sinai Peninsula.

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