The 32nd Battalion of III Infantry Brigade of the Georgian Armed Forces (GAF) left for the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan, the Georgian Defence Ministry reported on Wednesday.
Before the departure, soldiers underwent full pre-deployment training in Georgia, instead of Germany, the Ministry noted. For the next six months, Georgian peacekeepers will continue providing security for the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan’s Parwan province.
The Resolute Support Mission (RSM) is a NATO-led mission to train, advise, and assist the Afghan security forces and institutions. The mission was launched on January 1, 2015, immediately after the ISAF stand-down.
Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the RSM with 860 troops on the ground.