23 Feb '11, 12am

Denmark to begin pulling troops from Afghanistan this summer

Denmark to begin pulling troops from Afghanistan this summer

COPENHAGEN - Denmark's political parties Tuesday backed a government plan to gradually pull out Danish troops from Afghanistan starting this summer through the end of 2014 and hand over responsibility to Afghan forces. Most political parties, except far-left groups, backed the plan which will withdraw 30 soldiers this summer from its 750-strong contingent in Helmand province and reduce to 650 soldiers by late 2012, according to an copy of the agreement obtained by AFP. Denmark will hand over its military bases in the dangerous Patrol Base Line located in the "green zone" in Helmand province in southern Afghanistan to local security forces around August, it said. "Our goal is to make Afghanistan assume responsibility of its own security towards the end of 2014," Foreign Minister Lene Espersen told journalists following a meeting with the political parties. The widely antici...

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