With Eurocorps in Kabul
250 soldiers involved in planning and command
By Olivier Mirguet, special correspondent in Kabul | Thursday 19 July 2012
Europoliticsvisited Eurocorps troops deployed in Kabul, Afghanistan, as part of the Military Staff of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) for 2012. One quarter of the Eurocorps staff, ie 250 soldiers, are involved in planning and command of military operations in the Afghan theatre of operations. A total of around 50 allied nations still have around 115,000 troops in Afghanistan this summer
Eurocorps (1,066 soldiers) has been deployed in Kabul since January 2012. With this operation, which has mobilised one fourth of its troops, it gains international recognition for the fourth time since its creation in 1992, after Bosnia and Herzegovina (1998), Kosovo (2002) and an initial intervention in Afghanistan (2004-2005).
Based in Strasbourg, Eurocorps is headed jointly by five framework nations: France and Germany since 1992, Belgium since 1993, Spain since 1994 and Luxembourg since 1996. Poland will join the framework nations in 2014. Greece, Turkey and Italy have the status of associate nations.
A total of around 50 allied nations still have around 115,000 troops in Afghanistan this summer