Number of Czech soldiers deployed abroad to rise markedly

The Czech Army will next year greatly increase the number of its soldiers serving abroad in NATO missions, Czech Television reported. While at present there are 400 Czech troops active in such missions, in 2018 the number will rise to 1,100.

The Czech contingent in Iraq will get the single largest boost, with an extra 300 soldiers due to be deployed to the country. The cost of the military’s foreign operations could double to almost CZK 3 billion next year, Czech Television said.

Czech troops are currently on the ground in Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and the Sinai Peninsula.