3 Georgian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

Georgian soldiers attend a departure ceremony to mark their deployment to Afghanistan at the Vaziani military base outside Tbilisi, Georgia. (File photo)

Three Georgian soldiers serving with the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) have been killed in an attack on their base in southern Afghanistan.

Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania said the soldiers were killed on Monday when militants drove a truck carrying explosives into their base in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, AFP reported.

“With great sorrow I must say that three Georgian servicemen were killed,” Alasania stated, adding that an unspecified number of Georgian soldiers were also wounded in the attack.

He went on to say that all the attackers who broke into the base were killed.

Nineteen Georgian troops have been killed while serving in Afghanistan.

With around 1,570 troops deployed in the province, Georgia is the largest non-NATO contributor to the International Security Assistance Force, according to the Georgian Defense Ministry.

The increasing number of military casualties in Afghanistan has caused widespread anger in the US and other NATO member states, undermining public support for the Afghan war.

According to the latest figures released by the website icasualties.org, 3305 foreign soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan since the US-led war began in 2001.

The US-led war in Afghanistan removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity continues to rise across Afghanistan, despite the presence of about 130,000 US-led troops.


This article originally appeared on : Press TV