A ceremony on sending 126 Macedonian troops to join NATO's Afghanistan mission (ISAF) will take place Friday at Mihajlo Apostolski Barracks in Skopje.
Defense Ministry said this is a second rotation of Macedonian peacekeepers participating in the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan. Macedonia will send a mechanized infantry company of the military unit Leopards.
Macedonian troops have been deployed within the British contingent in Kabul since June 2006, when the country sent 90 soldiers and senior officers of the 1st Mechanized Infantry Brigade, headquartered in Stip.
Macedonia had also deployed an infantry squad within the German contingent and a medical team within the Greek field hospital.
On 27 December 2006, Macedonian Parliament approved extension of ARM's peacekeeping missions within ISAF, Iraqi Freedom, and Altea mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.