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Danish helicopters and troops headed to Afghanistan

Government says yes to NATO request

March 14th, 2014 9:27 pm| by admin

Two or three EH-101 transport helicopters and 70-80 troops will shortly be heading from Denmark to Afghanistan. The hardware and men are being dispatched as part of Denmark’s contribution to NATO's efforts in the region.

“We have agreed to send the helicopters and troops based on a specific request and task,” Nicolai Wammen, the defence minister, told DR Nyheder.

“The transport helicopters will assist the Afghan authorities and others with important tasks in Afghanistan.”

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Wammen said the choppers are a symbol of Denmark’s changing role in Afghanistan.

“While we are in the process of sending in helicopters, we are preparing to bring the tanks we have in Afghanistan home,” he said.

“Denmark's contribution to Afghanistan in the coming years will have a completely different character as we switch from combat troops to transport and other tasks.”