December 19, 2014

NATO-led Georgian soldier missing Afghanistan

By Meena Haseeb - Thu Dec 20 2012, 2:47 pm

Georgian soldier missing in AfghanistanAccording to a statement released by Georgian Ministry of Defense, a Georgian soldier serving in NATO-led international coalition forces operations in Afghanistan “is missing” since December 19.

The source further added, “Circumstances are not known yet.”

A search and rescue operation has reportedly been conducted by Regional Command Southwest, whose area of responsibility is Helmand and Nimroz provinces to find out the missing solider.

Georgian Defense ministry following the statement said, “All Georgian units in theater are moved to the highest security alert posture.”

The statement also added that it was not appropriate to give more details due to ongoing search and rescue operation.

Georgia currently has two battalions in the Helmand province of Afghanistan – 12th battalion of the first infantry brigade and 32nd battalion of the third infantry brigade; for the latter it is a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

At least 18 Georgian troops have been killed in Afghanistan since Georgia started its mission in Afghanistan under the NATO-led International Security Assistance Mission in 2009.

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