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Afghanistan

Swedish Force in Afghanistan Defended

Published måndag 27 juli 2009 kl 13.51
A memorial set up for a killed ISAF soldier in Northern Afghanistan, September 2008.

Responding to criticism coming after two attacks on the Swedish-Finnish peacekeeping force in Afghanistan last week, several Swedish government ministers have defended Sweden’s presence in the country, according to Swedish news service TT.

Although he admits that security in the Swedish-Finnish region has declined, Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors says that the soldiers "choose to take risks to help others." Continuing, he adds: "They are well prepared and educated in how to handle this type of situation."

Foreign Minister Carl Bildt is also assured of the importance of Sweden’s operations in Afghanistan, writing that he "has a hard time understanding" people who want to pull out of the country.

In fact, Sten Tolgfors confirms that there are no plans to pull out at all. In contrast, he says that the Swedish force will be boosted with more armoured vehicles and even more soldiers come fall.

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