Seoul to keep troops in Afghan despite casualties
Seoul: South Korea will maintain its troop presence in Afghanistan even if the forces sustain casualties after their planned deployment next year, the nation`s Defence Minister has said.
The Defence Ministry sent a motion to Parliament last week for approval of the deployment of as many as 350 troops to Afghanistan to protect its civilian workers helping to reconstruct the Central Asian state.
The motion, which is likely to be passed as the ruling party holds the majority in the National Assembly, would authorise a deployment from mid-2010 through the end of 2012 in Parwan Province.
The planned deployment comes amid debate over whether South Korea should take part in a war that many locals view as an American one. The debate heated up when the Taliban issued a warning last week threatening the safety of South Korean soldiers.
Speaking at a meeting with editorial writers from major South Korean news organisations, Defence Minister Kim Tae-young said the troops would stay put even if there are casualties after deployment.
"This is a matter of national standing, and we would have to overcome" public criticism that could arise if one or more South Korean soldiers die in an attack, he said, according to a Yonhap News Agency writer who attended the meeting in Seoul.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Watch: PM Narendra Modi addressing rally in Imphal
- Will Shiv Sena join hands with Congress to stop BJP from entering BMC?
- Report: Are mobile smartphones more unhygienic than toilet seats?
- Delhi: Three-year-old twins die after falling into washing machine in Rohini
- BSF catches cow slaughter gang near India-Bangladesh border in Malda
- Ind vs Aus: Mohammed Azharuddin says Jayant Yadav and Ishant Sharma should be replaced in next Test
- WATCH: Kieron Pollard's epic celebration after destroying Lahore Qalandars in Dubai
- Indian doctor rescued from ISIS recounts horror, says 'they forced me to watch videos, shot me thrice'
- Mitchell Johnson takes a dig at Anil Kumble over calling Steve O'Keefe 'steady'
- India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3: As it happened...