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Greek forces to stay in Kabul

Greek armed forces involved in peacekeeping operations in Afghanistan are likely to stay in the war-torn country for many more years as their job is far from finished, officers leading the Greek military units in Kabul told Kathimerini English Edition. Greece’s contingent in the international peacekeeping effort in Afghanistan run a field hospital near Kabul airport as well as a construction unit and has achieved much since the Taliban was ousted in 2001, senior officers said. The hospital, whose chief responsibility is to treat injured peacekeepers, has extended its services to the local population, offering free healthcare to Afghans. Also several roadworks have been completed in the region of Kabul and many damaged schools have been repaired. None of these operations have been targeted by the Taliban despite the ousted militia’s resurgence in other parts of the country, officers said.