No Injured Bulgarians from Taliban Attacks in AfghanistanDefense | September 13, 2011, Tuesday // 16:50| views
A total of 600 Bulgarian soldiers and medical staff are currently stationed in Afghanistan in Kabul and Kandahar. Photo by BGNES
The Kandahar airport where Bulgarian NATO contingent is stationed has been under rocket fire on September 11th and 12th, the Bulgarian Defense Ministry announced Tuesday.
None of the some three hundred Bulgarian rangers at the Kandahar Air Base have been wounded, according to the press release.
There are no Bulgarian injuries and causalities in Kabul either, which has been hit by a series of terrorist attacks – downtown Kabul has been attacked five times and at least four civilians have been injured.
NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, is quoted saying the Taliban are attempting to hurdle plans of withdrawal of NATO troops by a gradual transfer of responsibility to local authorities, but those plans would end up being unsuccessful.
The worst incident with Bulgarian soldiers in Afghanistan to date occurred in January 2010, when four Bulgarians were wounded in a Taliban rocket attack, with one of them subsequently losing his hand. The incident coincided with the visit to the base of then Bulgarian Defense Minister and now Foreign Affairs Minister, Nikolay Mladenov.
In 2010, Bulgaria increased its Afghanistan contingent as part of the ISAF/NATO forces to 600 troops; half are stationed at the Kandahar airport.