Palma.—Balearic soldiers heading for Afghanistan on a mission to help train the Afghan army were given a full military sendoff yesterday in Palma, Ministry of Defence sources confirmed.

The Training and Communications Unit 2/3 (OMLT) under the leadership of Iván Morgan, were joined by their families and professional colleagues at the Jaime II barracks for a celebration presided over by Adolfo Orozco, the top military commander in the Balearic Islands.

A Ministry of Defence statement confirmed that the troops will have the mission of “increasing the capabilities” of an already-existing Afghan army to “guarantee the safety of the civilian population and take charge of protecting the national territory.” The ultimate objective of military training exercises being undertaken by military forces in Afghanistan (ISAF), said the ministry, is for the responsibility of the army to be handed over to the presiding Afghan government. The Balearic military has an impressive international reputation. Units have already been in Afghanistan before - in 2010 and have led an international mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2006 and another in Kosovo in 2008.


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