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Foreign troop numbers in Afghanistan: facts

22 march 2011, 17:49
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Around 140,000 foreign troops are deployed in Afghanistan within the UN-mandated, NATO-led, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and the US-led coalition Operation Enduring Freedom, which overthrew the Taliban in late 2001, AFP reports.

The United States is by far the biggest provider of troops, with more than 100,000 soldiers in the country, split between NATO (90,000) and Operation Enduring Freedom (10,000).

More than 40 other countries take part in ISAF, which has been deployed since mid-2003, including the 28 NATO member countries.

ISAF and Enduring Freedom are both under a single command headed by US General David Petraeus, who succeeded general Stanley McChrystal last June.

Here are the main contributors to ISAF, according to data provided by NATO on March 4 2011, the most recent figures available:

Britain: 9,500

Germany: 4,909

France: 3,979

Italy: 3,815

Canada: 2,900

Poland: 2,527

Turkey: 1,799

Romania: 1,726

Australia: 1,550

Spain: 1,499

Georgia: 924

Denmark: 748

The other participating states, listed in the order of their troop contributions are: Bulgaria (608), Belgium (528), Sweden (500), Hungary (483), Czech Republic (463), Norway (413), Croatia (299), Slovakia (296), Albania (257), South Korea (246), New Zealand (236), Netherlands (197), Lithuania (188), Finland (165), Macedonia (163), Estonia (158), Latvia (136), Greece (132), Portugal (114), Azerbaijan (94), Slovenia (79), Mongolia (62), Singapore (48), Bosnia (45), Armenia (40), Montenegro (36), United Arab Emirates (35), Malaysia (30), Ukraine (20), Luxembourg (9), Ireland (7), Austria (3), Iceland (2).

Since 2001, 2,375 foreign soldiers have died in Afghanistan, including 1,509 Americans, 360 Britons and 506 others, according to the independent website icasualties.org.

In 2010, the deadliest year for foreign forces in Afghanistan, 711 ISAF troops were killed.

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