Czech troops to withdraw from guarding Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan

The Czech Army will cease all operations in connection to providing external security to Bagram Air Base by the end of March 2020.

Czech troops in Afghanistan | Photo courtesy of Czech Army

“You are the last Czech Armed Forces Guard Company at Bagram,” Lubomír Metnar, Czech Minister of Defence, said to Czech troops stationed in Bagram during his visit to the base.

The Czech Army has been assisting Allied forces with providing external security to Bagram Air Base for more than six years.

According to Metnar, the new focus of Czech soldiers should be on training Afghan special forces. He also plans to support the current mission by sending military medical teams to the country.

Bagram Airfield is the largest US-led military base in Afghanistan that is capable of handling any size military aircraft. It is located next to the ancient city of Bagram in central Parwan province, about 25 kilometers north of the capital Kabul.

Attacks on Afghan Armed Forces and the US-led Resolute Support Mission personnel are not rare at Bagram Airfield as the Taliban often targets NATO troops. The designated terrorist group uses ambushes with the use of improvised explosive devices and suicide attacks to cause harm to “invading soldiers.”

A suicide bomber killed three Czech soldiers near Bagram on August 5, 2018. To date, 14 Czech soldiers died in Afghanistan.