Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Lithuanians and Celts Do It

40 soldiers from the Lithuanian Reserve Forces (KASP) joined Territorials from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment on a joint training exercise at the Otterburn Ranges in the Cheviot Hills. The training and cooperation between the KASP and the Army has been ongoing for the last decade.
Lithuania, a relatively new NATO ally, has been sending troops to join the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since 2005 and these are currently stationed in the Gohr province in the west of the country. Though not a large force (100), the Lithuanian contingent is a valued part of the ISAF. The Lithuanian government announced earlier in this month that it was sending additional soldiers to bolster the peacekeeping force and promised that further troops would be deployed later in the year.