130 Mongolian soldiers have been flown to Afghanistan for a peacekeeping mission.
The soldiers, who left for Afghanistan on Wednesday, will serve as security guards at American garrisons under the U.S. “Enduring Freedom” military operation according to the Defense Ministry of Mongolia.
About 5,640 Mongolian soldiers have participated in 14 peacekeeping operations in Iraq, Sierra Leone, Chad, Western Sahara since 2002. More than 440 Mongolian soldiers are now serving in Sudan’s Darfur, South Sudan, Afghanistan and Western Sahara.
“Mongolia has become one of the top 20 countries at the U.N. that sends peacekeeping troops to troubled spots around the world,” said Defense Minister J. Enkhbayar.