Czech Republic could deploy 200 troops in anti-ISIS operation

Czech Army could deploy up to 200 troops to support an eventual ground operation against ISIS led by allied forces, Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky /ANO/ said Sunday afternoon.

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Most of the troops would be combat medics and anti-chemical units.

“I would estimate the total number of soldiers, who could be deployed, between one and two hundred,” Defense Minister said. But the decision to send them would have to be authorized by the Czech Government or even by the Parliament of the Czech Republic, he added.

According to Stropnicky ground operation in Syria is currently unlikely but the probability of ground intervention in the Middle East is growing. He also warned that such intervention could also escalate Europe’s migration crisis, and it could support Islamist radicalization in Europe.