Slovakia Sends 14 Soldiers to Afghanistan

Slovak soldiers leaving for Afghanistan (photo by TASR)

Ruzomberok, December 30 (TASR) – Defence Minister Peter Gajdos (a Slovak National Party/SNS nominee) in Ruzomberok (Zilina region) on Friday bid farewell to 14 soldiers of the special unit of the Slovak Armed Forces who left for Afghanistan to join the Resolute Support Operation.

“The members of the unit will carry out their tasks in Afghanistan between January-May. They will perform tasks supporting communications, connections and associated administrative work and maintaining these systems at the headquarters of the mission,” said the defence minister, adding that the Slovak Armed Forces currently have 272 soldiers operating in various missions in Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Afghanistan, the Middle East and Georgia.

According to its commander Jan Lamanec, the main task of the outgoing unit will be to provide the headquarters of the mission in Afghanistan with communications and information technologies.

“It’s always special, whether it’s between holidays as in this case or some time in the middle of the year. It always means leaving family. So, it’s usually difficult. But we have to cope with it because we’re soldiers and this is our mission,” added Lamanec.