February 12th, 2010
11:20 AM ET

Spain: More troops possible to Afghanistan

MADRID, Spain – The Spanish government will send up to 511 more troops to Afghanistan for the NATO-led security force, pending approval from parliament, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

The move was expected after Socialist government officials here recently discussed possible troop increases in response to requests, including from the Obama administration in the United States, for additional troops to fight the Taliban. The increase would boost Spain's overall troop level in Afghanistan to 1,600, a Defense Ministry spokeswoman told CNN.

Defense Minister Carme Chacon is to appear next Wednesday before parliament's defense committee to formally request the troop increase. Some of the additional Spanish troops would be focused on training Afghan troops and security forces to help them take over security of their own country, a ministry statement said.

Spain has had troops in Afghanistan since 2002 and more than 23 Spanish soldiers have died there, including a soldier last week. That soldier was killed when his military vehicle, on patrol, struck a mine. The blast wounded six other Spanish troops.

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  1. Daniel

    These leaders in Spain again show that they are totally devoid of any moral principles,first by persecuting the Basque seperatists and now by sending more troops to Afghanistan.Where is their shame???Everybody knows what a dispicable person Francisco Franco was,but must these peeople emulate him???

    March 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. sptimus severius

    they had a train attack when they got their nose in iraq ,,they have to expect one for afganistan,,,,you do not go to a cuontry and kill people and expect bonbons,,,you will have your nose bleeding,,,

    February 13, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  3. Col Gregory Breazile

    This contribution from Spain will be significant to the NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan which is the point of main effort in the war this year. Recruiting and training the Afghan Army and Police in the numbers required to provide security will be a huge challenge. If you want to follow how that mission is being accomplished you can follow NTM-A on our website –

    http://www.ntm-a.com

    We have told all of our troops that we are a transparent organization and will share our story with the world. You can watch as we team with the Afghans and work towards transition to their lead.

    February 13, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. Helen

    Cir,

    I agree, I'm disappointed in how slowly Spain has responded with strength of support, but now is also a welcome time. All European nations are at risk if the terrorists are not subdued.

    Helen

    February 13, 2010 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. clr

    better late than never I guess.

    February 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |