Czech Army Ends Patrol of Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

The Czech military ended the patrolling of the Bagram allied base in Afghanistan at the end of March and the large-capacity Ruslan aircraft transported part of the materiel of the patrolling battalion to Czechia today, General Staff spokeswoman Magdalena Dvorakova has told CTK.

The Czech patrolling battalion “finished its operational task within the foreign operation Resolute Support in Afghanistan on the last day of March,” Dvorakova said.

However, the Czech military continues to be present in Afghanistan. Doctors operate in a field hospital at a base in Kabul and training units are deployed in the country. There is also a Czech unit with the ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle, which cooperated with the patrolling battalion until recently.

Czech soldiers were patrolling the Bagram base from 2013. Thirteen units and some 2,000 soldiers rotated in this Afghan mission. Eight Czech soldiers were killed in two suicide attacks, five of them in 2014 and three in 2018.

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