SEOUL: South Korea plans to send dozens of police officers to Afghanistan later this year to help train local police, South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency reported. The U.S. government demanded South Korea to send police to Afghanistan early last month. “Internal consultations on the request are under way,” Yonhap quoted an unnamed Foreign Ministry official as saying.
The official said that related details, including the dispatch timing and scale, will be decided within the first half of this year. The official also said South Korean police, if dispatched, will work with American police operating in Afghanistan. South Korean soldiers will not need to accompany the police officers to guard them, he said. South Korea withdraw about 200 military medics and engineers from Afghanistan at the end of last year after Taliban militants agreed to release dozens of kidnapped South Koreans last Summer in Afghanistan, ending its six-year military role there.-SANA