Army to make larger withdrawals from Afghanistan in coming years


The Czech Army will be making larger withdrawals from Afghanistan in the coming years. The number of Czech soldiers in the troubled Central Asian state will drop from 539 next year to at most 340 in 2014. The army’s current mandate allows for 640 soldiers on the mission. The decrease in troops on the ground is in line with NATO’s overall strategy, which involves handling the country’s security back to the government. The government is set to discuss a plan for the continuation of the Czech Army mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday.