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A Surge of Swedes

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More troops headed to Afghanistan. Swedish troops:

Sweden wants to send more troops to Afghanistan after an assessment by the Armed Forces concluded that the current force of 500 soldiers is too small. The Swedish military wants instead to boost the number of troops on the ground in Afghanistan to 630 by 2011, according to Sveriges Television (SVT).

Note that though the mission in Afghanistan is sometimes described as a NATO operation, Sweden is not a NATO member and if I understand correctly is instead operating their under the aegis of the European Union.

Swedish military fun fact is that Sweden is one of the few countries to use the Swedish-build Saab 39 Gripen which is designed to be able to take off and land on ordinary public roads in order to fight an aerial insurgency in a hypothetical Soviet-occupied Sweden.

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