By: P.T., STA
Following the government’s decision to withdraw Slovenia’s troops deployed in the NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan, the six Slovenian soldiers returned home via Italy, the Slovenian Armed Forces (SAF) said.
Their return marks the end of Slovenia’s mission in Afghanistan after the government decided that the withdrawal would be made in line with the time frame agreed by the allies or by the end of August at the latest. Defence Minister Matej Tonin said this was a special day as the last soldiers had returned from Afghanistan after 17 years of presence, safe and sound. Captain Jernej Alič, the commander of the last Slovenian contingent in Afghanistan, said the withdrawal was fast-paced and completely depended on the support by the Italian forces.