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Buried explosive chemicals discovered in Balkh

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL: Georgian troops have discovered buried explosive chemicals not far from the German military base in northern Balkh province.

Serving under German command as part of the new NATO-led Resolute Support mission, the Georgian soldiers noticed the chemical explosives the other day when they were on routine patrol around the heavily-populated Camp Marmal. The patrol was aimed to secure the base, keep eyes on militants and restrict their movement, and ensure security of local people.

The patrol party informed a group of experts who rushed to the area to clear the chemicals. The chemical explosives were used in the past wars. Adjacent to the Maulana Jalaluddin Balkhi International Airport in Mazar-i-Sharif, Camp Marmal is the largest military base of Germen security forces outside of Germany.

Nearly 170 Georgian troops are stationed in Afghanistan since December 2014. They have assumed the task of Rapid Reaction Force at the German base in Balkh. According to Agenda, Georgia has committed about 750 troops to the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile in July 2014 Georgian troops ended their four-year long deployment in Afghanistan’s southern province of Helmand.

From 2010 and April 2015, Georgia has lost 29 soldiers and 274 have been wounded in NATO peace missions in Afghanistan.