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Participation in international peacekeeping operations

Participation in the international peacekeeping operations

Peacekeeping operations in Kosovo

Since 1999, Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent has been participating in peacekeeping operations. From September 1999 to March 2008, the Azerbaijani peacekeeping platoon of 34 personnel (32 soldiers, 1 warrant officer, and 1 officer) was involved in NATO-led peacekeeping and peace-support operations (KFOR) in Kosovo. The Azerbaijani platoon served in Dragas town within the Turkish-led 4th Mechanized Infantry Company. Brod settlement was assigned as an Area of Responsibility to this platoon. During this period, 362 servicemen participated in a peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. (345 soldiers, 7 warrant officers, 10 officers)

International Security Assistance Forces

Azerbaijani peacekeeping platoon of 22 personnel started serving under the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan since November 20, 2002. Since January 15, 2008 the number of the Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan was increased and reached up to the level of company. On October 2 , 2009, the National Assembly (Milli Mejlis) of the Republic of Azerbaijan adopted a decision to double the quantity of peacekeeping contingent in Afghanistan. Since February 19, 2009 the Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent consisted of 90 servicemen have been operating in Afghanistan under the Turkish battalion in the security mission led by the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF). The personnel of the Azerbaijani peacekeeping company was tasked to ensure security of a television tower located in the city of Kabul and to maintain security of central ammunition depot of ISAF. On October 5, 2010, 2 (two) medical officers and 2 (two) military engineers were sent in order to enhance the contribution of the peacekeeping contingent of the Republic of Azerbaijan in NATO-led ISAF mission in Afghanistan.

Resolute Support Mission (RSM)

Since January 2015, the Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent consisted of 94 servicemen has launched its operation in Afghanistan to assist in a new NATO-led non-combat "Resolute Support" mission in accordance with 6-month rotation plan.
Since January 2018, Azerbaijan has increased the number of its military contingent deployed in RSM up to 120 personnel.
The Azerbaijani peacekeeping contingent is tasked with the protection of security of Kabul International Airport, and representing at respective headquarters. Since 1999, more than 3000 servicemen of Azerbaijan Army have participated in peacekeeping operations conducted in various regions.