Croatian Army Rescues Balkan Soldiers from Afghanistan

World | September 20, 2012, Thursday // 14:52|  views

Afghan demonstrators carry placards reading the name of the Muslims holy prophet Muhammad during a protest against an anti-Islam film, in Kabul, 20 September 2012. EPA/BGNES

A helicopter unit of the Croatian army has rescued 38 beseiged soldiers from different Balkan countries in Afghanistan, writes Croatian paper Jutarnji List Thursday.

The drama unfolded on Tuesday amidst boiling tensions around the "Innocence of Muslims" film that provoked the ire of Muslims in various countries, who saw it as insulting to the Prophet Mohammed.

The 38 soldiers from Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Albania had to be transported from a base in Kabul to Bagram Air Base.

The sericemen were blocked by rioting protesters in their base and the Croatian unit was the only one that was ready to respond, after helicopters from the US and elsewhere were banned for flying in.

Fortunately, the operation went on succesfully and the Balkan soldiers were rescued.

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Tags: Bagram Air Base, protesters, macedonia, Albania, Kabul, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, USA, Croatian, Afghanistan, Balkan, muslims, Prophet Mohammed


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