Lithuania is to deploy special operations forces to Afghanistan in a train and assist role in support of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission following requests from NATO and allies, the Ministry of National Defence said in a press release.
The additional troops are to deploy to Kandahar in April and will train and assist local forces alongside American troops, the Thursday, February 22 release said. Lithuanian Special Operations Forces previously operated in Afghanistan from 2002 to 2015.
There are currently 21 Lithuanian soldiers serving in Afghanistan, mainly in NATO’s headquarters, and the new deployment will not exceed the limit of 50 imposed by the Seimas, Lithuania’s unicameral parliament.
The country will also has also earmarked an annual spend of $500,000 (€415,000) from 2018 to 2020 for “maintenance and training of the Afghan national security forces.”