Sweden currently has around 500 soldiers serving with the Isaf force. Five so far have died in combat. Under the agreement, a reduction in the size of the force would begin in 2012, with the hope of a complete phase-out by 2014.
The Left party has been most adamant about bringing home the 500 Swedish Isaf soldiers as soon as possible. Party leader Lars Ohly expressed his disappointment that the Social Democrat and Green parties abandoned the joint position on the issue they adopted with the Left before September’s election loss.