Defense Minister Karin Enström. Photo: Bertil Ericson/Scanpix.

Swedish troops in Afghanistan after 2014

Swedish troops may need to stay in Afghanistan after 2014, according to the Defence Minister Karin Enström.

"If the Afghans themselves request it then we can keep a smaller training operation in place," she told Sydsvenskan newspaper.

The Swedish military presence in the country was supposed to come to an end in June 2014 but the minister says Sweden is willing to stay longer if necessary.

“The current operation will end but from summer 2014 we’re prepared to contribute with military support if the Afghans want it,” she said.

Sweden has had troops in Afghanistan since the beginning of the current conflict in 2001. There are 650 Swedish soliders in the country today as part of the International Security Assistance Force (Isaf).

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