AT-KABUL: Lithuania is mulling to deploy some 20 troops to Afghanistan by 2017, bringing the total number to 50. The resolution is yet to be passed by the Lithuanian parliament.
Defense minister of Lithuaniua, Juozas Olekas, told media that the plan comes at a time that the United State and the other NATO allies have decided to keep more forces in Afghanistan.
Olekas said that there has been a request for the troops to remain in Afghanistan.
After the withdrawal of the Lithuanian special operators from Afghanistan in summer 2014, at least 21 Lithuanian troops remained in the country.
The troops mainly include staff officers, logistics and communications specialists.
The new deployment of the troops in Afghanistan may not be from the Special Operation Forces, said the minister. He said that the forces will be stationed in Kabul, if approved by the parliament.