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93 Georgian soldiers wounded in Afghanistan between 2010-2012

English.news.cn   2013-01-07 23:55:20            

TBILISI, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) -- Ninety-three Georgian soldiers were wounded during 2010-2012 while serving in Afghanistan, a Tbilisi-based institute has reported.

The information was released last week by the Institute for Development of Freedom of Information. Georgian Defense Ministry previously said 19 soldiers have died in Afghanistan so far.

The South Caucasus country started to contribute troops to the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan in November 2009.

There are now 1,560 Georgian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, making the country the largest non-NATO troop contributor to ISAF.

Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili pledged Saturday continued contribution.

"I want to explain it again to the society that our troops' contribution to global security is of course a source of pride for our country ... we should further strengthen our role in this process in the future," he said.

President Mikheil Saakashvili visited Georgian troops in the Afghan province of Helmand on the eve of the New Year.

Editor: yan
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