Spain plans to send 200 more troops to Afghanistan
Spain plans to send 200 more soldiers to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Zapatero said
Spain plans to send 200 more soldiers to Afghanistan, Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Saturday.
That would bring Spanish troop levels up to about 1,000, not counting a contingent of 450 who went to Afghanistan to boost security for elections held on Aug. 20.
"Apart from reporting on the current situation, the defence minister will probably ask parliament to increase troop numbers by around 200," Zapatero told Onda Cero radio.
U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan are due to increase to about 110,000 by the end of the year from a current 103,000.
In contrast ths decision, Zapatero referred to an air attack in Afghanistan on Friday in which Afghan officials say scores of civilians, as "awful".
Reuters Last Mod: 05 Eylül 2009, 17:19