May 23, 2012 12:21
Korean troop activities in Afghanistan will end this December unless the National Assembly passes a bill to extend their mission. But the government is apparently minded to withdraw them completely from the war-torn country by the end of this year since it believes there is no chance lawmakers will vote for the extension.
Korean troops were first deployed to help reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan in July 2010. They total 490 personnel, of whom 350 are soldiers, 40 policemen and 100 civilians. Some of them will likely remain at a hospital in the U.S. army base in Bagram.
In April last year, Korea pledged to donate US$500 million in aid over the next five years to help rebuild the country.
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